In today’s Telegraph, Iran’s nuclear negotiator is revealed bragging to Iranian clerics how he duped the West: “How we duped the West, by Iran’s nuclear negotiator.” Philip Sherwell reports from Washington:
The man who for two years led Iran’s nuclear negotiations has laid out in unprecedented detail how the regime took advantage of talks with Britain, France and Germany to forge ahead with its secret atomic programme.
In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.
Iran has completed uranium enrichment equipment at Isfahan
He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake – a key stage in the nuclear fuel process – at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.
“From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, ‘The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.’ The Europeans used to respond, ‘We trust them’,” he said.
Sherwell notes that the contents of the speech were published in a journal (unidentified in the article) that circulates among the Iranian elite. I should add that Baroness Alexandra von Maltzen beat the Telegraph to this story at All Things Beautiful in “MSM ignores Iran’s admission of guilt.” One beautiful thing would be for the MSM to pick up on the Telegraph’s story.