Monday, November 08, 2004

Diplomacy works

European diplomats have reached a preliminary agreement with Tehran on its nuclear development program. The reasonable approach works better than the 'Axis of Evil' approach. I am no pacifist, and I believe that force, including the preemptive use of force, should be used as a last resort when other avenues of conflict resolution have failed. Once you go down the road of demonizing your opponents, feeding the base passions of the masses, then you will be led to war, whether you want to or not.

Iran Reaches Preliminary Nuclear Accord With Europe, IRNA Says (Bloomberg)

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian and European officials reached a preliminary agreement on the Islamic nation's nuclear program after two days of talks in Paris, the state- owned Iranian news agency said, citing an Iranian official.

``All four delegations are supposed to go to their capitals and if the capitals agree with the agreement, it will be officially announced in the next few days,'' Hossein Mousavian, the head of the Iran's delegation in the French capital told state television, IRNA reported.

Representatives from Germany, France, and Britain are leading European Union efforts to find a solution to Iran's uranium enrichment program before the next IAEA meeting. Failure to negotiate a settlement may lead the U.S. to seek UN sanctions against Iran. The U.S. suspects Iran of developing nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful uses.

There are conflicting reports about whether an accord has been settled as the two sides are expected to hold another meeting before the International Atomic Energy Agency meets on Nov. 25, IRNA said, citing an unidentified diplomat close the IAEA. IRNA earlier citied an unidentified official in Paris as saying the two sides failed to reach an agreement.


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