A new report from the Reuters news agency appears to confirm an exclusive report released on WND more than a week ago: that Iran is trying to reach a deal that could involve a halt in its uranium enrichment program.
The new report carried in the Jerusalem Post quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Selahi saying, “If our right to enrichment is recognized, we are prepared to offer an exchange. We would voluntarily limit the extent of our enrichment program, but in return we would need a guaranteed supply of the relevant fuels from abroad.”
A spokesman for the ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast, according to Iran’s Press TV, said, “If a guarantee is provided to supply the 20 percent (enriched) fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor, our officials are ready to enter talks about 20 percent enrichment.”
The heart of the issue is Iran’s insistence on enriching uranium. Officials there say they have the right and want the enriched product for medical and science facilities. The Western world, cognizant of the statements by Iranian officials that Israel should be wiped off the map, is worried that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon.
That word came from a source affiliated with high Iranian officials, but who remains anonymous for security reasons.
The source described in detail how a three-person delegation of the Obama administration led by a woman engaged in secret negotiations with a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The report was by Reza Kahlili, a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray.”
He reported the delegation urged the Iranian leader to announce a halt to enrichment, even if temporary, before the Nov. 6 election, promising removal of some sanctions.
The source said the delegation warned that a Mitt Romney presidency would change the U.S. relationship with Iran regarding its nuclear program.
The U.S. representatives reminded the Iranians that President Obama has stood in front of Israel, preventing the Jewish state from attacking Iran over its illicit nuclear arms policy.
The report revealed the Oct. 1 meeting, which took place in Doha, Qatar, was coordinated by the Qatar monarchy, whose members attended at the request of the Obama administration.
Ali Akbar Velayati, the former Iranian foreign minister and current close adviser to the supreme leader on international affairs, secretly traveled to Qatar for the meeting. Velayati is wanted by Argentina for the Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people, the report said.
One Obama representative, the woman, who had met Velayati before, urged Velayati to announce a halt, even if it is only for a week or two, to uranium enrichment prior to the U.S. election, according to the source. The U.S. representatives promised the Obama administration quickly would remove some sanctions on the Iranian central bank and oil industry, with further collaboration after the election, the source said.
According to the source, the woman is trusted by the Iranians, having met with Velayati more than 10 times over the past 20 years. The woman took Lufthansa Flight 419 out of Washington to Frankfurt, then to Doha, Qatar, from there.
The negotiation was an extension of secret negotiations begun in early January when, according to Iranian officials and a report by Fars News Agency, Obama requested collaboration with the Islamic regime through three different channels. The channels were a letter to the supreme leader, a message to the Iranian U.N. delegate and a direct message through Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti in Tehran in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Ministry officials, who quoted a message from Obama.
The new Reuters report noted that there had been little progress on the issue in recent months.
Kahlili also reported just days ago that Iranian scientists are nearing completion of a nuclear warhead, having already successfully tested an implosion system and neutron detonator at a secret site while enriching uranium to weapons grade.
His source was a former Iranian intelligence officer. The site was identified as being in the province of Isfahan on the outskirts of the small city of Najafabad. It reportedly was built below the medicine factory, “Abu Reyhan.”
The facility beneath the factory has three levels, with two underground entrances away from the facility.
Sources in Iran have verified seeing transfer of equipment labeled with “radiation warning” that was then transferred to the underground facility. There is also a security post at the entrance to the road (“Medicine Road”) leading to the medicine factory.
Three very deep wells have been dug within the underground facility, although it is not clear why. But also a long underground passage leads to an emergency exit within the adjoining mountain.
Another Reuters report also confirmed that Salehi visited Qatar recently to discuss Iranians held by Syria, and possibly other issues.
The report said officials did not say who Salehi met while in Qatar.