Desperate for a deal: West dropping demand that Iran make full disclosure of its nuclear weapons program
Reuters reported earlier this evening that the West is dropping its demand that Iran make full disclosure of its nuclear weapons program
as part of any deal with the P 5+1. The 'deadline' for a deal is Monday.
Officially, the United States and its Western
allies say it is vital that Iran fully addresses the concerns of the
U.N. nuclear agency if it wants a diplomatic settlement that would end
sanctions severely hurting its oil-based economy.
"Iran’s previous activities have to come to light and be explained," a senior Western diplomat said.
however, some officials acknowledge that Iran would probably never
admit to what they believe it was guilty of: covertly working in the
past to develop the means and expertise needed to build a nuclear-armed
A senior Western official said the six would
try to "be creative" in coming up with a formula that would satisfy
demands by those who want Iran to come clean about any atomic bomb
research and those who say it is unrealistic to expect the country to
openly acknowledge it.
could also affect the standing of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), which for years has been trying to investigate what it calls
the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program.
the global powers - the United States, France, Germany, Russia, China
and Britain - seek to persuade Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment
program to lengthen the timeline for any bid to assemble nuclear arms,
the IAEA is investigating possible research on designing an actual bomb.
If an eventual accord does not put strong
pressure on Iran to increase cooperation with the IAEA by making it a
condition for some sanctions relief, it may hurt its future credibility,
according to some diplomats accredited to the agency.
"You don't want to undermine the integrity of the IAEA," one said.
IAEA issued a report in 2011 with intelligence information indicating
concerted activities until about a decade ago that could be relevant for
developing nuclear bombs, some of which the U.N. agency said may be
I guess that like his boss, John Kerry has decided that an empty peace prize is better than no peace prize.
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