Started by DavidByron, Oct 22, 2002, 05:33 PM
The Americans told the Russians that if they cut off all avenues of nuclear proliferation to Iran, the Bush administration would work to lift restrictions on the import of spent nuclear fuel to Russia, officials from both countries said today. Russia believes it can make billions of dollars by storing and reprocessing radioactive material from around the world, but it has been blocked by the United States.
the suggested deal appeared to be foundering, at least in part because of the mistrust engendered by what Moscow perceives as the broken U.S. promises of the past year. In an interview today, Yuri Bespalko, a spokesman for the Russian Atomic Energy Ministry, noted that the United States has not lived up to its commitment to remove Jackson-Vanik trade restrictions on Moscow, made last year after Russian President Vladimir Putin threw his support behind the U.S.-led war on terrorism
So, in 1994, Clinton offered North Korea a multibillion dollar bribe; the so-called US-IAEA-DPRK Agreed Framework to rejoin the NPT. In accepting the bribe, the North Koreans did agree to stop producing weapons-grade plutonium, and to eventually subject Agreed Framework activities to the IAEA-NPT regime. But, they didn't promise not to enrich uranium. So, they did. Technically, as far as the Agreed Framework is concerned, the North Koreans don't seem to have committed a foul.