What Iran Threw Away
A senior U.S. official Wednesday confirmed that the United States offered the first civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran in three decades under the terms of a deal that Iran walked away from last fall.
Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, said that had Iran accepted the deal – under which it would have shipped out two thirds of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium for further processing abroad – the U.S. would have inspected a 40-year-old reactor in Tehran to see if it was operating safely.
“We would have been well disposed to be helpful,” Poneman said at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “We were willing in support of IAEA efforts … to help assure that the Tehran research reactor was safe.”