- Posted: 5:20 AM, April 13, 2012
“We’re looking for concrete results,” Clinton told reporters. “They assert that their program is purely peaceful. They point to a fatwa that the supreme leader has issued against the pursuit of nuclear weapons. We want them to demonstrate clearly in the actions they propose that they have truly abandoned any nuclear weapons ambition.”
Exactly what are "concrete results" in this context? Clinton is starting from a demostrably flase premise here. The Iran nuclear program is already too big, too complex and too extensive for anyone to credibly believe that its purpose is peaceful.
Here's how the IAEA put it in Nov. 2011: "[T]he Agency is unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities."
Did Clinton want the supreme leader to send his copy of the Koran to the negotiations with the prohibition against nuclear weapons development highlighted in bright yellow?
The Foreign Policy Initiative calls these negotations a false promise : "It must ultimately be understood that diplomacy without means of coercion is folly when confronting rogue regimes. While the multilateral sanctions regime against Iran is exacting a toll on Iran, the leadership remains as committed as ever to obtaining a nuclear weapon."