About that secret agreement that Iran wanted...

Bill Gertz:

Iran is close to an agreement that would include a suspension of uranium enrichment but wants the deal to include a provision that the temporary halt be kept secret, according to Bush administration officials.
Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, has been working with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on the enrichment-suspension deal that could be completed this week.
Disclosure of talks on the secret element of the arrangement comes as Mr. Solana and Mr. Larijani are set to meet today or tomorrow in Europe when the deal could be completed, said officials opposed to the deal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
According to the officials, the suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran would be for 90 days, so additional talks could be held with several European nations.
Many U.S. officials are opposing the agreement as a further concession to Iran, which continues to defy a United Nations' call for a complete halt to uranium enrichment. A Security Council resolution had given Iran until Aug. 31 to stop its enrichment program or face the imposition of international sanctions. Tehran ignored the deadline, but diplomacy has continued.
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Iran probably wanted the agreement to be secret to save face at home. It appears that the US is not willing to go along with the ruse. All Iran really wants is 90 days to try to persuade some in the West to allow them to build their nukes. The postponement is not made in good faith or on any basis that would lead them to stop their plans to build nukes.

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