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EU urges Bush to adopt Kerry line on Iran
Financial Times ^ | October 1, 2004 | Guy Dinmore

Posted on 10/01/2004 7:56:50 PM PDT by AKSurprise

"European governments are lobbying the Bush administration to change course over Iran before next month's presidential election, urging Washington to adopt an incentive-driven policy that Senator John Kerry has already pledged, according to diplomats and US politicians."

"According to unnamed diplomats and a Kerry adviser, senior officials from Germany and the Netherlands - which currently holds the European Union presidency - had high-level meetings on Iran with both the White House and the Kerry camp in recent days.

"The European message was that we cannot let weeks pass before the next deadline without doing something," one diplomat said. "We need a last-ditch approach, not more pressure, but a mix with a package and incentives."

Several sources said the White House officials responded with considerable scepticism to the European initiative"

""Kerry and the European positions are close in a number of ways," said Robert Einhorn, a proliferation expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who has been involved in the discussions over Iran.

The European proposal would offer Iran guaranteed and closely monitored supplies of nuclear fuel for its civilian reactors in exchange for an end to Iran's development of the full fuel cycle - specifically the enrichment of uranium that can be used to make nuclear weapons."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: france; germany; iran; iraniansanctions; kerryiran; nuclear; proliferation; uk; uranium
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What the hell are the Euro's doing talking to the Kerry camp at all, they have no sway or role in foreign policy. The Europeans need to talk to the government of the United States, namely the Bush Administration. They should mind their own damn business.

Additionally Bush will never agree with the ludicrious idea to give Iran uranium that Kerry suggested last night. Yeah that's really going to help to stop Iran from creating nuclear weapons... That move would only accelerate the Iranians nuclear weapons program and ensure they gain WMD's. This is the same failed moronic policy of the Clinton administration that allowed North Korea to build nuclear weapons.

1 posted on 10/01/2004 7:56:50 PM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise
In a word...NO!.

In two words...HELL NO!

2 posted on 10/01/2004 7:58:44 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: AKSurprise

HAHA the Euros are trying to sink Kerry too!!!!


They had to know this would get out. Havent the Euros figured out that in general terms whatever they want, a majority of Americans will instantly oppose?


3 posted on 10/01/2004 7:59:05 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Proud to be a Computer hack in Iraq!!!!! GO W!!!!)
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To: AKSurprise

"""Kerry and the European positions are close in a number of ways," "


Yeah, for one theyll both fail


4 posted on 10/01/2004 7:59:16 PM PDT by OhGeorgia
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To: AKSurprise
..urging Washington to adopt an incentive-driven policy that Senator John Kerry has already pledged..

I'll bet they do.

Is there any doubt in anybody's mind who's interests are in jeopardy here?

5 posted on 10/01/2004 8:00:15 PM PDT by evad (If it's in America's interests, it won't pass JF'nK's global test)
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Yet more proof that what the President is doing is THE RIGHT THING!


6 posted on 10/01/2004 8:01:01 PM PDT by oolatec
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To: AKSurprise
"European governments are lobbying the Bush administration to change course
over Iran before next month's presidential election, urging Washington to adopt
an incentive-driven policy that Senator John Kerry has already pledged,
according to diplomats and US politicians."


"An Incentive-Driven Policy"

Wasn't that Neville Chamberlin's policy some years back?
7 posted on 10/01/2004 8:01:13 PM PDT by VOA
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To: AKSurprise
We can trust the Iranians as much as we can trust Kerry.
8 posted on 10/01/2004 8:02:02 PM PDT by MidlandDesperado
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To: AKSurprise

I am really torn. Do they understand what they are doing, or not? Are the Europeans evil or stupid?


9 posted on 10/01/2004 8:02:05 PM PDT by blanknoone (Red + Yellow = Orange)
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To: VOA

The Europeans are nothing but cheese-eating surrender monkeys!!


10 posted on 10/01/2004 8:02:19 PM PDT by BigKahuna
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To: VOA

"An Incentive-Driven Policy"

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That would be giving Iran nuclear fuel like Clinton did north korea. wouldnt it? N. Korea broke its agreement and built a bomb anyways, didnt they?


11 posted on 10/01/2004 8:04:01 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: AKSurprise
Are the Europeans delusional, duplicitous or stupid? The idea that the Iranians have spent billions of dollars recruiting and training scientists and techs, building very extensive manufacturing facilities to design and produce nuclear weapons and long range missiles just as a ploy to get some free nuclear fuel is absurd. They want nukes and they're playing the Europeans against us to buy time until they can make the grand announcement they are a nuclear power.

We're down to 2 options take out their facilities with our military (if it is possible) or accept the fact they have nukes and put them on notice that any nuclear attack against our country or our forces (even from a terrorist group like Al Queda) will unleash a nuclear nightmare on Iran that makes Hiroshima look like a firecracker.
12 posted on 10/01/2004 8:05:47 PM PDT by DHerion
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To: MikeinIraq

Following what the "euros" want is difficult since they have a two tier system. National interests and the "EU" level. Kind of like Iran itself.

"EU" wants Iranian contracts.


13 posted on 10/01/2004 8:07:24 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: DHerion
Are the Europeans delusional, duplicitous or stupid?

They want to make money.

14 posted on 10/01/2004 8:07:59 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

Iran is a bit weird sometimes....


15 posted on 10/01/2004 8:08:42 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Proud to be a Computer hack in Iraq!!!!! GO W!!!!)
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To: MikeinIraq; Shermy

I forgot the LOL /sarcasm at the end of that...


Iran sucks. I really sincerely hope they are next. They deserve it the bastards....


16 posted on 10/01/2004 8:09:50 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Proud to be a Computer hack in Iraq!!!!! GO W!!!!)
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To: Shermy

Same reason they want to end weapons sales sanctions on China, they are greedy and don't care who they hurt or what danger they bring to the world. Business is more important to them than are security and morals.


17 posted on 10/01/2004 8:09:53 PM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise

Yes- "give" the Iranians nuclear fuel. They need to generate "power"...

And have the IAEA "monitor" its use (Hans Blix is needing a job anyway, and he held this same job in oversight of North Korea...)

In exchange for Iranian "promises" to not enrich it for weapons!

The "North Korean" solution! Which has worked so well.


18 posted on 10/01/2004 8:10:58 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: DHerion

Are the Europeans delusional, duplicitous or stupid?


Yes, yes and yes....


19 posted on 10/01/2004 8:11:09 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Proud to be a Computer hack in Iraq!!!!! GO W!!!!)
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To: AKSurprise
"...the Kerry line."

Also known as the Kim Jung Il Method for getting A-bombs from stupid Americans."

20 posted on 10/01/2004 8:15:02 PM PDT by cookcounty (Kerry: He began by trashing the VN Vets. He ends by trashing the NG. Such class is rarely seen.)
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