ISIS Iran Report

Iran proposal to EU

September 11, 2009

Congratulations to Dafna Linzer at ProPublica for scooping us on this (we worked very hard yesterday to get a copy but not fast enough to beat Dafna).  A link to Iran’s response to the EU/U.S. offer of diplomatic engagement on the nuclear issue is here.

We are sure that plenty of analysis will be forthcoming from all quarters.  Our initial reaction is that it follows in form and tone Iran’s previous statements—often florid prose, references to spirituality and vague on substance.  No one expected a dry, bullet-laden document titled “Roadmap and Timetable for Resolution to Nuclear Issue.”  That having been said, Iran cannot have believed that its response was going to be met with a warm embrace.  It is extremely broad in scope, calling for talks on United Nations reform, “fair use” of outer space, establishing a “rule-based” oversight of the IAEA, a rather vague “enhancement of ethical and human considerations” in “international mechanisms.”  Iran does call for promoting NPT universality, complete disarmament and preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.  This is the closest it comes to addressing its nuclear issue, aside from the call for IAEA reform. 

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