IAEA chief Yukiya Amano
Photo (AFP FARS News, Hamed Jafarnejad)
Maybe, just maybe, talk of war with Iran over its nuclear program will finally subside and come to an inglorious end.
Iran just met with IAEA chief Yukiya Amano in Tehran over the weekend and an agreement in principle was reached to allow inspections of secret military facilities, particularly Parchin, that were previously inaccessible to the U.N. inspectors.
Parchin is an Iranian research and development facility producing high explosives and other arms which could presumably be used in nuclear weapons, (something Iran has denied and 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons development in 2003).
It must be remembered that Iran has always had U.N. inspectors at its nuclear facilities as part of its membership in the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, has been in basic compliance and thus allowed under the treaty to have a nuclear development program for peaceful purposes.
Also today, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany are meeting with Iran in Baghdad over its nuclear program and wants the suspension of it enriching uranium to 20% purity which can easily enriched to bomb grade. Meanwhile Iran wants any concessions it makes on its nuclear development to include the dropping of sanctions on its oil exports and its central bank.
So it appears that real diplomacy may be superseding talk of war with Iran.
Though Israel responded to the latest diplomacy as an Iranian delay tactic, a smokescreen and a ploy to buy time and move forward in development of a nuclear weapon, at least there's no overt maneuvering by the Israeli's at this time to suggest they're waiting for the diplomacy to falter and end in a stalemate so they can resume their bellicosity with talk of an attack being imminent.
Maybe the sanity of diplomacy and negotiations with Iran permanently replaces the insanity of war with that beleaguered country. Let's hope so.