Critique of Obama’s just completed agreement (?) with Iran

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Critique of Obama’s just completed agreement (?) with Iran

A Bret Baier Special Report was shown on Fox TV, April 2, 2015 6:30 PM immediately after Obama’s glib address to the nation featuring an endless parade of questionable facts and groundless conclusions relative to the supposed nuclear arrangement just completed with Iran.

But, No! It is not even an “arrangement” but just the “outline of a  framework.” This, after months of daily genuflecting to Iran. Furthermore,  it is a “framework” obviously written in saw dust with not a bit of concrete in the mix.

I  Prior to the panel discussion and most revealing , Bret Baier showed a video of Barack Obama Dec. 2013, presenting his criteria for an agreement with Iran at that time.

Obama stated that if Iran were really interested in only a nuclear program for peaceful purposes:

  • It had no need for an underground fortified nuclear facilities at Fordo and  Arak in which to conceal its activities.

 

  • They also had no need for heavy water nuclear reactors. (Heavy water is the key to one type of reactor in which plutonium can be bred from natural uranium. A nation seeking large quantities of heavy water most likely wishes to use the material to moderate a reactor and most likely planning to produce plutonium.)

 

  • Advanced centrifuges are also not required for a peaceful nuclear program. They are used to produce enriched uranium made suitable for use in a nuclear weapon. In the meantime, Iran insists that its nuclear program is entirely for peaceful purposes.

These original demands by Obama have somehow been bypassed or watered down with the current “Framework.” Equally as dangerous is the not addressing properly the need for  outside periodic, impromptu inspection and surveillance of these facilities.

Panel experts  Charles Krauthammer and  Jonah Goldberg  both felt that the “framework” Obama had agreed to was a disaster for the United States. It in no way hindered Iran’s nuclear program but in fact, as PM Netanyahu warned on many occasions, enhanced it.  

Iran has no intention of abandoning its nuclear weapon development.  Its  only intent with these negotiations is to promise whatever in order to get the economic sanctions, somewhat in place by the US, EU, UN, removed. Krauthammer stated their economy would then boom and they would have virtually limitless funds for nuclear development and equally important, the diffusion of Islamist terrorism throughout the world. And there is no question that Iran is the main force behind the many awful incidents of unrestrained terror occurring all over the world.

Mara Liasson, the third panelist, went off in a different direction basically stating that this supposed agreement was likely a good political move by Obama theoretically giving the Democrats some argument to defend the absolute disaster that has been his foreign policy. Somehow I find this sort of specious reasoning sickening. Never mind what is good for the United States of America. Rather spin the narrative so it is good for the Democratic Party in the next election.

II Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement

Says White House (Obama) misleading Congress, American people with his fact sheet

Redacted from an article

BY: Adam Kredo

April 2, 2015 5:40 pm

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released following the culmination of negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

Zarif bragged in an earlier press conference with reporters that the United States had tentatively agreed to let it continue the enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, as well as key nuclear research.

Zarif additionally said Iran would have all nuclear-related sanctions lifted once a final deal is signed and that the country would not be forced to shut down any of its currently operating nuclear installations.

Following a subsequent press conference by Secretary of State John Kerry—and release of a administration fact sheet on Iranian concessions—Zarif lashed out on Twitter over what he dubbed lies.

“The solutions are good for all, as they stand,” he tweeted. “There is no need to spin using ‘fact sheets’ so early on.”

Zarif went on to push back against claims by Kerry that the sanctions relief would be implemented in a phased fashion—and only after Iran verifies that it is not conducting any work on the nuclear weapons front.

Zarif, echoing previous comments, said the United States has promised an immediate termination of sanctions.

“Iran/5+1 Statement: ‘US will cease the application of ALL nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions.’ Is this gradual?” he wrote on Twitter.

He then suggested a correction: “Iran/P5+1 Statement: ‘The EU will TERMINATE the implementation of ALL nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions’. How about this?”

The pushback from Iran’s chief diplomat follows a pattern of similar accusations by senior Iranian political figures after the announcement of previous agreements.

On Thursday evening, Zarif told reporters the latest agreement allows Iran to keep operating its nuclear program.

“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.”

The move to allow Iran to keep centrifuges at Fordow, a controversial onetime military site, has elicited concern that Tehran could ramp up its nuclear work with ease.

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.

Compiled from various sources by Jerome S. Kaufman

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