Yesterday, Flynt did an interview with the nationally-syndicated Antiwar Radio on the diplomacy surrounding the possibility of some sort of fuel “swap” arrangement for refueling the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR). You can listen to the interview here. Before the Obama Administration uncorked its accusations of Iranian government complicity in a purported plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in Washington, both President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi had said that Tehran remained interested in exploring whether such a deal could be negotiated, and even indicated that the Islamic Republic might be willing to stop enriching uranium to the near-20 percent level required to fabricate fuel for the TRR if it could obtain new fuel from international providers (as it originally requested more than 2 years ago). Of course, all of that has gotten swept aside in the frenzied attention to the Obama Administration’s charges. Nevertheless, the interview covers a lot of ground, and digs into the fundamental deficiencies in the Administration’s approach to nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett