Rouhani: Iran won't sign final nuclear deal unless all sanctions lifted
[ Editor’s Note: Every morning when I start cruising the news I always have my fingers crossed to find something in what we call the “game changer” category, an act or event that changes the paradigm of a long running issue or debate that has dragged on endlessly.
In one swoop the Iranians are shown they will not suffer death by a thousand cuts with sniping attacks and poison pill manufactured agreements that will be reinterpreted by one of the parties however needed if domestic political concerns require.
Rouhani as nipped all this debate over what had been quite clear language in the recently signed agreement that the sanctions would end in when the final agreement was signed, with the understanding that some time would be needed for scheduling a UN vote, and administrative procedures.
But within a few days, to placate the NeoCon opposition in Congress to fight off their imposing new sanctions, John Kerry attempted to try to console them with his interpretation that removing the sanctions when the deal was signed did not really “mean” removing them. I shuddered when I read that, knowing that Pandora’s box had just been opened.
Despite all the extra days to get the wording right on the latest agreement, it was effectively violated by Kerry within a week. I can just imagine what the “wording” debates are now going to be light for the final agreement, if we even get that far.
So Rouhani has upped the game. Sanctions must be removed BEFORE Iran will sign a final deal. So it is showdown time once again at the Iran Nuclear Corral. It will be interesting to see how this reverberates in the West…and whether Kerry will regret his short term thinking walking back on the deal to get through a tough political week at home.
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Israel has been a nuclear proliferation violator for decades
Personally, if I were Iran I would have gone much further, and earlier in the game…with things like demanding Israel must declare all of its WMD and agree to inspections equal to what Iran was being asked to do.
And I would have included the US agreement to militarily block any pre-emptive attack on Iran, and for Germany to stop selling offensive nuclear cruise missile capable subs to the terrorist Israelis.
Yes, I would sit back and than listen to them howl, but see how they would defend Israel being able to remain in its privileged nuclear deniability position after the phony Iran nuclear hoax has not only been exposed, but acknowledged in the recent agreement.
Western publics have failed miserably to push the disarming Israeli issue which is so vital to their own security, Jewish Lobby or no Jewish Lobby. Last time I looked they had not been chopping heads off, so we can deal with them forcefully as required if they insist in holding us hostage to the rogue Zionist nation… Jim W. Dean ]
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- First published … April 09, 2015 -
Iranian President said Tehran won’t sign a final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions against the country are lifted first. The comments contradict Washington’s statement that sanctions would be lifted gradually, subject to Iran compliance.
“We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day … We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks,” Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday.
The President’s comments come as a blow to US President Barack Obama’s efforts to sell the deal to its opponents, both in the US and abroad.
Supporters of the deal, which was negotiated last week at marathon talks in Switzerland and is to be finalized in June, say the sanctions relief for Iran would be gradual, and implemented in response to Iran’s moves to scale down its nuclear program. They could be reversed in case of non-compliance, they argue. Obama has called the plan the best deal possible at the moment.
The UN Security Council, the US, the EU and several other countries had imposed several rounds of sanctions against Iran due to its controversial nuclear program.
Lifting of the sanctions in exchange for a scaling-down of nuclear enrichment activities and a degree of international control over the Iranian nuclear industry is at the core of the deal. Agreeing exact terms on how quickly the sanctions will be lifted and how the program will be curtailed was a tough task for the nuclear negotiators.
“Our goal in the talks is to preserve our nation’s nuclear rights. We want an outcome that will be in everyone’s benefit,” President Rouhani said in a ceremony to mark Iran’s National Day of Nuclear Technology.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said not reaching a nuclear deal would be better than reaching a bad deal for Iran, and Tehran’s position in that regard had not changed.
Khamenei added that Tehran would not consider a postponement of the June 30 deadline for reaching a final nuclear deal “the end of the world.” He also said that Iran would not allow international inspections, which the deal is expected to include, as these could compromise its military secrets.
“Based on past experience, I was never optimistic about negotiating with the United States,” Khamenei said.
Previously, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif questioned on his Twitter account the statements from Western leaders that claimed the sanctions would be lifted gradually.