Tensions are running high after the West’s deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran
It will take tougher talks if the much-criticized and fragile first agreement is to become a long-term arrangement
- The nuclear settlement – arguably the most important foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency – was struck on day five of exhaustive talks chaired by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashto. The interim pact won the critical endorsement of Iranian cleric Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and superpowers France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany.
- The contract with Iran could be a major PR coup for President Obama, who now has a lower job approval rating than crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, according to a new CBS poll.
- The catalyst for Western muscles to negotiate with the country formerly known as Prince (actually Persia) is they believed Iran to be close to building a nuclear weapon. According to the Institute for Science and International Security, Iran had enough uranium enriched at lower levels and centrifuges to produce fuel for a weapon.
- Iran maintains its nuclear aims are for energy purposes. If I believed that, I would give you free rein to slap a big fat “gullible” sticker on my forehead. The deal in effect gives both sides six months to hammer out an agreement to roll back Iran’s nuclear program.
- You would think the temporary agreement to freeze Iran’s nuclear program while diplomats try to work out a longer-term deal would be met with cheers, not jeers, but the accord reached in Geneva, Switzerland is receiving mixed reviews. I wonder if the fact the covenant allows Iran to recoup $7 billion worth of sanctions vexes Americans.
- A bipartisan group of senior senators, disappointed with the interim agreement, is forging a plan on a new sanctions bill. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) stated, “We are very concerned….We will not stand by and let this be the final deal.”
- In theory, the provisional treaty amounts to the most significant contract between Washington and Tehran since the 1979 Iranian revolution.
- In actuality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked it as a “historic mistake” and said the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world.
- Emboldened by its nuclear deal with the West, Iranian oil negotiators will seek to reassert Tehran’s authority in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at an upcoming meeting.
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The race to halt a nuclear ambitious Iran is reminiscent of America’s dash more than two decades ago to end North Korea’s development of nuclear arms. Today the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is more extreme but also more isolated. Kim Jong-Un’s BFF Dennis Rodman was named one of the least influential people of 2013 by GQ Magazine.