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CASMII Press Release

28 May 2010

Obama’s letter to Lula exposes U.S. dishonesty with Iran

Washington supported mediation by Brazil and Turkey when it did not expect them to succeed and turned its back when they accomplished exactly what the Obama administration said it sought from Iran.

The full text of a letter sent by President Obama on April 20, 2010 to President Lula da Silva regarding Brazil’s and Turkey’s negotiations is now available and we reproduce it here. In the letter, the White House strongly encouraged the intermediaries to negotiate with Iran for a single purpose, namely to persuade the Islamic Republic to send 1200 kg of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel rods for the Tehran Research Reactor. Brazil’s respected daily O Estado de S. Paulo yesterday quoted Turkish prime minister Erdogan revealing that he, too, had received a (presumably similar) letter from Obama.

This initial US stance completely contradicted Washington’s hostile response three weeks later to the Tehran Declaration, in which Iran agreed to precisely such an exchange. On May 18, a day after the Declaration was issued, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton dismissed the Brazil-Iran-Turkey offer and announced instead a draft UN Security Council resolution to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran. The punitive escalation, she said, was “as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken by Tehran over the last few days as any we could have taken.”

This was predictable. Washington grew visibly nervous as signs emerged that Brazil and Turkey might achieve peacefully what threats and sanctions from major powers had not accomplished in Iran. Hours before the prime minister of Turkey and president of Brazil left for Tehran, Clinton told a Washington news conference their mission was doomed.

U.S. hostility to the Tehran Declaration contradicts also what Washington insisted it wanted last October, when the White House supported a UN-sponsored nuclear fuel swap that was essentially identical to what Iran is now offering.

Even if one disregards that background, the main point in the May 17 Tehran Declaration is precisely what Obama had asked for in his letter as a satisfactory step forward for Iran to prove its goodwill. To quote from Obama’s letter, “For us, Iran’s agreement to transfer 1,200 kg of Iran’s low enriched uranium (LEU) out of the country would build confidence and reduce regional tensions by substantially reducing Iran’s LEU stockpile. I want to underscore that this element is of fundamental importance for the United States. For Iran, it would receive the nuclear fuel requested to ensure continued operation of the TRR to produce needed medical isotopes and, by using its own material, Iran would begin to demonstrate peaceful nuclear intent.”

The contradiction between President Obama’s letter to President Lula and the US response to the Brazil-Iran-Turkey offer is the latest evidence that the US does not intend to negotiate with Iran in good faith and has hidden motives. Under pressure from the same neoconservatives and Israel lobby that pushed the Bush Administration to invade Iraq illegally, the Obama Administration is inventing excuses to avoid a peaceful resolution to the stand-off with Iran.

But as Obama initially agreed in his letter, the nuclear fuel swap agreed to by Iran is actually an historic breakthrough. A new round of sanctions on Iran that the US is now seeking would surely sabotage this historic opportunity. It is therefore imperative that the world public opinion, the international peace and justice movement, and all non-aligned countries exert pressure on UN Security Council members to defeat the US-led draft sanctions resolution. Washington needs to demonstrate it is sincere by negotiating with Iran on the basis of the Tehran declaration.

For more information or to contact CASMII (CAMPAIGN AGAINST SANCTIONS AND MILITARY INTERVENTION IN IRAN) please visit: http://www.campaigniran.org

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Source: campaigniran.org

One Comment

  1. rexw on the 11. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    This article clearly spells out the circumstances surrounding this devious little plot.

    In a world peopled by normal and honest negotiators in matters of importance, Obama and his disgraceful Secretary, Clinton could not face the humiliation that two other less important leaders were able to achieve something that the US could not.

    Of course, we all know that it was never their intention to strike any kind of resolution to this matter. They had received their instructions from Israel to ensure that the ultimate objective, that is sanctions, would be imposed with the connivance of all the US satellite countries in the Security Council. That was no problem as we have all seen.

    The dirty hand of Israel is there as it is in any activity that runs counter to their long range plans. This time with the disgraceful agreement of Clinton and the token Obama, the selected Chicago Candidate for the Jewish Presidency.

    This article should be promulgated widely to show the motivations behind Israel and its fifth column in the US and the total agreement of Clinton, Biden and Obama, the ‘gang of three’.

    Perhaps to a keen observer of human nature, the very worst part of the whole matter is the apparent sincerity with which such a change of US plans, a complete about turn, is able to be justified by Obama, clearly a person as devious as his Jewish masters.

    He is fast becoming a most untrustworthy human being destined for a sticky end I would guess. One cannot lie to over 200 million people without alienating them all eventually. All they need to do is shake off their apathy, stop reading Jewish newspapers like the NYTIMES and take a hard look at their elected representatives in order to find just one grain of honesty and concern for the future of the US, sitting right now at the crossroads.

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