Over the past few years, nothing has seemed to get in the way of Iran pursuing nuclear technology. While the country fervently asserts its right to nuclear power, and clearly states that its position in pursuing atomic technology is not to build a bomb but to provide power to its people, the world is not buying it. A Key Middle East ally of the U.S., Israel, has stated that they are considering a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities to prevent the country that has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” with a means of doing so.
The U.S. has not ruled out military action, either. But diplomacy is being given a chance to prevail, found in the form if economically crippling sanctions that have marred Iran’s economy so much that’s actually prompted the isolated Islamic regime to come back to the bargaining table.
The newest proposals includes lifting some of the sanctions that have effected Iran’s economy and allowing it to possess a small amount of highly enriched uranium in lieu of it opening its facilities for full inspection and agreeing not to enrich any more uranium.
Iran claims that it has rights under international law to enrich uranium to 20%. But that 20% can be quickly enriched to higher amounts in the grade necessary to create nuclear warheads. According to recent inspections by the U.N., the country has made some new upgrades to its nuclear facilities that enable it to enrich uranium beyond 20%.
British Foreign Minister William Hague said the talks were useful in a recent statement, stating, “I look forward to further progress.”
Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top official at diplomatic talks in Kazakhstan, welcomed the offer, saying that progress is finally being made. He was sure to assert that Iran will continue to enrich uranium as it sees fit.
“Whatever we need, we will of course pursue that, whether it is five percent or 20 percent,” Jalili said. “It is important to us to have the 20 percent.”
U.S. officials were not amused, stating that the current offer on the table has a deadline, and that they are growing impatient.
“There is a cost to Iran for every day that they wait to solve this problem,” a U.S. official said. “And they will keep paying those costs, and the cost will go up.”