Sunday, February 23, 2014

US: Iran might be allowed ‘limited’ nuclear program

Nobody caves like a winter soldier who throws his military medal and rats on his fellow soldiers and sailors.

Fuck you, John Kerry.

The story comes from The Jerusalem Post.

US: Iran might be allowed ‘limited’ nuclear program

Iran could possibly have a small nuclear program for "practical needs" as part of a final deal, says US undersecretary of state Wendy Sherman.

Iran could be allowed a small peaceful nuclear program, should an agreement be reached in diplomatic talks, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said on Saturday night in Jerusalem.

“At the end of the day, if they [Iran] do want to have a small, discreet, limited program that addresses practical needs, it is envisioned as a possibility in the joint plan of action,” Sherman said.

“It would have to be highly constrained, monitored, and verified on a regular basis,” Sherman said.

She spoke both publicly and privately with Israeli journalists as part of a drive to solicit support for the diplomatic process, which she said is the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Sherman arrived in Israel on Friday to update officials on the talks held this week in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 countries (US, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany). The EU was also party to the talks.

Last week, the sides set a framework for negotiations toward a final agreement that is expected to be hammered out by July 20.

Israel has said that Iran will continue to be a nuclear threat as long as it has the ability to enrich uranium, and that a peaceful nuclear power program does not require that ability. It has warned that Iran is using the talks to play for time to develop nuclear weapons.

“I would like there to be zero enrichment,” said Sherman.

“I would like there to be no facilities, I would like there not to be an indigenous program.

I would like many things in life. But that does not mean I will get them.”

The key words when monitoring a potential peaceful nuclear program, she said, would be “verify, verify, verify.”

Sherman noted that in the first month of the process, Iran appeared to have met its commitment, although she noted that it is just the start of a very long road. The talks are progressing, said Sherman, who heads the US team. She urged critics of the process to give the six powers time to allow diplomacy to work. It would be a mistake, she said, for the US Congress to pass legislation for new sanctions at this time, even if the start date for those sanctions were after July 20.

“It would send the wrong signal” and could “create real problems,” she said.

“Our view is that if an action risks the negotiation and risks the diplomacy, then the onus comes on the person who has created that risk,” she said.

“This is a very difficult negotiation and the consequences are enormous. We are asking everyone to be thoughtful about the steps that they take, so that we have the time and space to get to a comprehensive agreement,” Sherman said.

She said she had explained the need for patience when she met with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which favors additional sanctions. Sherman said she imagines it will be a topic of debate when AIPAC holds its policy meeting at the start of March in Washington.

“I would urge AIPAC to create this space [for diplomacy],” she said.

In response to a question by The Jerusalem Post, Sherman said, “I understand that sanctions with tremendous leadership by the US Congress helped bring Iran to the table.” However, she said that with the diplomatic process under way, additional sanctions would only place international cooperation for the process at risk.

The US and Israel are joined in the goal of ensuring that Iran does not have nuclear weapons, but do not agree on every tactical approach, she said.

She promised that a comprehensive agreement would address all concerns and that the US would maintain its veto power until it is certain that the nuclear danger had been thwarted.

Sherman said progress had been made in Vienna and that a framework had been reached to guide negotiations for the next five months.

“Unless we are satisfied, there will be no agreement. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” Sherman said.

She heads from here to Saudi Arabia.


The Duhnmharu said...

Total sellout of America to Iran

Anonymous said...

Yes because respecting the perfectly legal sovereign rights of nations to pursue nuclear power is treasonous.

My god, you truly are locked in an Ivory Tower.

Get it through your heads, the time of getting what you want all the time is over. This is the era of a multipolar world.

The Washington Consensus does not carry the weight it once did.

Just accept reality. Nations and people will be free to chart their own course. Without fear of retribution from your neo-colonialist mindset. The sooner you accept that the better it will be for everyone, including yourselves.

Lt. Colonel(retired) Reza Pejman

Solaris said...

I know, Pejman, totally insane of us to not want an avowed enemy who has sworn the destruction of ourselves and our allies to have nuclear capability.

Anonymous said...

Swearing on something and actually doing it are two different things. North Korea swears they will destroy the USA and her allies all the time, and yet they haven't.

Also they too have not been invaded. I wonder why? Could it be the MAD deterrent?

A deterrent your so-called allies in Tel Aviv are desperate Iran does not get. Because that would mean the end of a perverted dream of dominating the Persian Gulf entirely. One last country to make a puppet. And that country acquiring MAD protection is a big no no.

Don't worry, with the recent cuts Mr. Hagel is proposing you won't be able to sustain a conflict for too long overseas. You are cutting the Army to pre-WWII levels.

And Israel won't be able to go at it alone. So I suppose our path to nuclear protection is nearly cleared.

Lt. Colonel(retired) Reza Pejman