Iran will wait until after the Nov. 2 U.S. elections before responding to a European proposal to provide the country with nuclear fuel before supporting its entry into the World Trade Organization.
The deal would include giving Tehran a light-water reactor that produces less fissionable material than the heavy-water reactor Iran plans to build, reports Al-Jazeera. In exchange, Iran would suspend all of its own uranium-enrichment activities.
The U.S. is pushing for the International Atomic Energy Agency to send the matter to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions. The European proposal is seen as a last-ditch effort to avoid sanctions.
But analysts are now saying that Iran is factoring in a possible Kerry victory.
“I think if Kerry wins, Iran would strike a compromise that would essentially delay the issue until early next year,” says Gary Samore of the London think-tank International Institute of Strategic Studies.
Iran’s goal, says Samore, is to have the international community concede it’s claim to a right to enrich uranium. It may agree to a temporary suspension and await the outcome of the election.
“I don’t get a sense that Iran is ready to agree to the suspension. I could see the Iranians restoring the suspension for only a brief period of time,” Samore said.
As WorldNetDaily has reported, John Kerry has proposed giving nuclear fuel to Iran to test its intentions.
During the first presidential debate, Kerry said, “I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes.”
The same policy of accommodation toward Iran’s nuclear aspirations is clearly outlined on Kerry’s campaign website as well.