With the beginning of nuclear talks with United States, Russia and France, Iran has steadily retreated from the offer to send three fourths of its nuclear fuel to Russia and France for enrichment. According to threats broadcast on Iranian television, unless the West provides Iran with new fuel for its research programs, Iran will renege on the agreement and continue with its own enrichment program.
In other news, a coordinated series of terrorist bombings have killed more than 40 people in south eastern Iran, including at least five commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Guard’s commander-in-chief, Mohammad Ali Jafari, has openly blamed American, British, and Pakistani intelligence in assisting the terrorists in carrying out the attacks. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a promised swift response to the attack.
These events present a definite setback for peaceful resolution to Iran’s conflict with the West, validating missile defense as a necessary and essential safety line in case relations further deescalate.