Nuke deal signed, Obama to threaten Netanyahu later today
An agreement has been signed
between Iran and the P 5+1, and President Hussein Obama is calling Prime Minister Netanyahu later today to make sure that Netanyahu will not take matters into his own hands (see the tweet above - what else could it mean? Obama detests Netanyahu...). Except that it's not much of an agreement, and Iran is laughing all the way to the bank.
After failing to meet a March 31 deadline for the announcement of a
firm political agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry and Javad Zarif,
his Iranian counterpart, said that the sides had agreed in principle to
let Iran continue running major portions of its nuclear program.
Despite threats from Obama administration officials that the United
States would abandon talks if Iran continued to demand greater
concessions, Kerry extended his trip and conducted a series of meetings
aimed at hashing out a statement of progress—a far cry from the detailed
document officials vowed would be finalized by now.
The sides continue to disagree over Iranian demands that it be
permitted to continue key nuclear research and granted the ability to
ramp its program up to industrial capacity after a decade.
However, Zarif said many of these issues are closer to being resolved.
“None of those measures” that will move to scale back Iran’s program
“include closing any of our facilities,” Zarif said. “We will continue
enriching; we will continue research and development.”
“Our heavy water reactor will be modernized and we will continue the
Fordow facility,” Zarif said. “We will have centrifuges installed in
Fordow, but not enriching.”
Zarif said that once a final agreement is made, “all U.S. nuclear
related secondary sanctions will be terminated,” he said. “This, I
think, would be a major step forward.”
Zarif also revealed that Iran will be allowed to sell “enriched
uranium” in the international market place and will be “hopefully making
some money” from it.
The United Nations also will move to endorse the ongoing Joint Plan of
Action interim deal and terminate all of its previous security council
resolutions on Iran.
reporters late Wednesday amid extensive meetings with the United
States and other P5+1 one nations that he was “all smiles” after days of
intensive talks in which Tehran has given little ground on American
efforts to reduce the size of its nuclear program and uranium
Zarif emphasized that no progress could be made in the talks due to continued United States “pressure” and lack of respect.
Iran in recent days went
back on earlier promises that it would export its stockpiles of
enriched uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon. This
requirement continues to remain one of the key sticking points to
With the talks slated to continue through June, a majority of Americans say Congress “should be required” to approve the agreement, something the Obama administration has opposed.
Around 55 percent of those surveyed by Fox News said the United
States cannot “trust anything” Iran promises on the nuclear front.
What could go wrong?
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