Iran: Vienna Sausage « The Washington Independent
Today is the day: about an hour ago, talks got underway in Vienna between Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.S., Russia and France to see if an initial deal last month will indeed result in sending 75 percent of Iran’s low-enriched-uranium to Russia for reprocessing into fuel, which would be a concrete step to diminish — though not remove — western fears about Iran diverting uranium for a weapons program. No word about the talks have leaked out yet. Julian Borger has a list of several ways everything could go wrong. This one stands out:
Iran may agree to send only a bit of its LEU stockpile out at a time, maintaining the bulk of it on Iranian soil (where in theory it could be further enriched to weapons grade). French officials have made clear in the past few days that they will only sign on to the deal if it involves all 1200 kg LEU suggested at Geneva.
Talks may go on until Wednesday.