What Iran Threw Away
The Washington Note / Barbara Slavin
19-Mar-2010 (3 comments)

What Iran Threw Away

A senior U.S. official Wednesday confirmed that the United States offered the first civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran in three decades under the terms of a deal that Iran walked away from last fall.

Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, said that had Iran accepted the deal - under which it would have shipped out two thirds of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium for further processing abroad - the U.S. would have inspected a 40-year-old reactor in Tehran to see if it was operating safely.

"We would have been well disposed to be helpful," Poneman said at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "We were willing in support of IAEA efforts ... to help assure that the Tehran research reactor was safe."

Darius Kadivar

Barbara Slavin's Take

by Darius Kadivar on

This is a guest note exclusive to The Washington Note by Iran expert and well-known diplomatic correspondent Barbara Slavin, author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation



Typical thug mentality

by cyclicforward on

Never trust anyone, never give anyone credit and always be on the offensive. This is the motto of this disgusting IRI government. The good about this however is the fact that they burn themselves into the ground.

Sargord Pirouz

Darius, this has been

by Sargord Pirouz on

Darius, this has been debunked by Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett:


Slavin has become so politically partisan over Iran these days, her value as a journalist is near completely compromised.