Is the Vienna Deal Being Renegotiated?
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week urged Iran to stop stalling and accept a proposal formally put forward in Vienna by the so-called P5+1 nations to enrich Iranian uranium in Europe to a form unsuitable for nuclear weapons. “We are not altering” the deal, she said. Well, maybe-maybe-not.
The New York Times reports:
The Obama administration, attempting to salvage a faltering nuclear deal with Iran, has told Iran’s leaders in back-channel messages that it is willing to allow the country to send its stockpile of enriched uranium to any of several nations, including Turkey, for temporary safekeeping, according to administration officials and diplomats involved in the exchanges.
Now, that might not really be a substantive renegotiation. The destination of the fuel is less important to the administration than getting the stockpile of it out of Iran all at once. But that’s what the Iranians are apparently still holding out to do. Will the Obama administration agree to that? And if so, how much time would any such agreement put back on Iran’s nuclear clock?