|The revelation that a secret deal accompanies the public deal, may explain why Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's Nuke Head, is smiling.|
Iran Agreement Includes Secret Side Deal, Tehran Official Says
- Paul Richter
Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran's chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi disclosed Monday.
When officials from Iran and the world powers announced that they had completed the implementing agreement, they didn't release the text of the deal, nor did they acknowledge the existence of an informal addendum.
The side agreement deals with such important details as the operation of a joint commission to oversee how the deal is implemented and Iran's right to continue nuclear research and development during the next several months. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf denied that there was any secret agreement.
(Los Angeles Times)
Obama’s “Secret Side Deal” with Iran? Is this for real?
The Los Angeles Times is reporting the existence of a secret 30-page document the spells out understandings between the U.S. and Iran regarding expectations of what Iran can and cannot do with its nuclear program, understanding not included in the official, public deal that is being negotiated in Geneva.
The Times indicates that according to the “secret side deal” worked out by the Obama administration:
* not a single Iranian nuclear facility will be shut down
* Iran will continue to enrich uranium
* Iran’s nuclear research operations will actually expand; and
* new, state-of-the-art centrifuges will be allowed to come on-line in Iran
Rouhani Calls Nuclear Pact a Western "Surrender" - Oren Dorell
"Do you know what the Geneva [nuclear] agreement means? It means the surrender of the big powers before the great Iranian nation," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a crowd in Khuzestan province. "The Geneva agreement means the wall of sanctions has broken."
How the Nuke Deal Looks to Iran - Benny Avni
- Iran's been busy in the weeks between the November signing of the nuclear deal in Geneva and Sunday's signing.
- Tehran continued to grow its nuclear program, reportedly introducing a new generation of centrifuges to its facilities in Natanz and Fordow, and vigorously building its Arak heavy-water facility.
- It added 1,000 pounds to its stockpiles of uranium enriched to 5%, and 66 pounds to its 20% stock, getting it close to breakout capacity.
- International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors were turned away when they sought to visit the Parchin military base, where the IAEA indicates that Iranians are experimenting with ways to weaponize nukes.
- Next month, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is to visit Tehran to ink a trade pact worth up to $50 billion a year, which would give Turkey access to Iran's oil and open a major regional market for Iranian goods.
- Iran is also negotiating an oil-for-goods deal with Russia, worth $1.5 billion a month.
Iran Continues Campaign to Become Leading Regional Power
- Walter Russell Mead
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Lebanon this week, where he laid a wreath at the tomb of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh. Zarif then met with Hassan Nasrallah, the chief of Hizbullah. Iran is using the discussions on its nuclear program to project an image of moderation even as it dramatically steps up its campaign to establish itself as the leading power in the Middle East.
While officials from the P5+1 countries congratulate each other on an "interim agreement" and a "temporary freeze" on Iran's nuclear enrichment program, Iran is stepping up its military and economic support for Hizbullah, the Assad regime in Damascus, and Shiite militia groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain.
Franklin Roosevelt once said that you can't turn a tiger into a kitten by stroking it.