PARIS, Aug. 23 - A two-year European initiative to discourage Iran from producing its own nuclear fuel appeared to be stymied today when negotiators called off the next round of talks with Tehran. The talks, which had been planned for Aug. 31, were supposed to focus on a European proposal that was submitted to the Iranian government this month. But France, which along with Germany and Britain has spearheaded the talks with Tehran, said Iran's decision to resume nuclear fuel activities that could constitute a first step in producing atomic weapons made a continuation of the negotiations impossible. "We can't continue with formal negotiations as if nothing happened," said the chief spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, Jean-Baptiste Mattéi. "The suspension of their fuel activities was the basis for our negotiations," Mr. Mattéi said. "By resuming some of those activities the Iranians have effectively suspended the agreement these talks were based on." "The next step is the I.A.E.A. report on Sept. 3, and then the board of governors has to decide what to do," Mr. Mattéi said.
The IAEA is USELESS. When September 3 rolls along, nothing will happen that will bring the crisis to a good conclusion. It will be time for much MUCH blunter tools to be used... Stay tuned... Previous posts on Iranian nukes and the useless IAEA HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Suggestions for TOUGH U.S. action from THE BIG PHAROAH hat tip AMERICAN THINKER.