This is interesting, and even encouraging:
“TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended a possible compromise with world powers over a nuclear fuel deal Thursday as Iran formally responded to a U.N.-backed proposal aimed at stalling its ability to make nuclear weapons.
In a speech in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Ahmadinejad defied harsh criticism from domestic opponents who accused him of giving away too much in the negotiations. He said the West has been forced to alter its confrontational stance toward Iran, state television reported.
Under the proposed deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran would ship most of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium abroad for processing into medium-enriched uranium, which Iran needs to fuel a research reactor in Tehran that makes isotopes for medical uses. The fuel would come back to Iran in a form that could not be diverted to produce the highly enriched fissile material needed for nuclear weapons.”
The fact that Ahmadinejad feels it necessary to defend the pending deal in public suggests that he is at least serious about pursuing it. Why would he take the heat over a deal that he had no intention of concluding? As the Post reports, “If successful, the deal would likely be interpreted internationally as a goodwill sign by all involved parties and might lead to compromises over Iran’s nuclear program.”
But the situation is extremely complicated. Some of the strongest Iranian opposition to a nuclear deal comes from Ahmadinejad’s opponents in the recent fraudulent election, the heroic people who took to the streets in protest. The dissidents are using the nuclear issue to argue that it is the Ahmadinejad government, not the dissidents, who are betraying Iran to the West.
“The interesting part is that the revolutionary and serving sons of our nation are accused of relations and affiliations with the West, while they [government leaders] repeatedly and openly humiliate themselves in front of the U.S.,” said Hossein Mousavi, who came in second in the June 12 elections.
Like I said, complicated.