Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Iran: We Did Not Agree To Dismantle Anything
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif can well afford to laugh at how Iran once again fooled the gullible West.
In response to comments from Washington about supposed Iranian concessions, Zarif in an interview told CNN that the so-called interim agreement was nothing like the White House was describing it.
“The White House tries to portray it as basically a dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program,” he said, speaking from Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum. “If you find a single, a single word, that even closely resembles dismantling or could be defined as dismantling in the entire text, then I would take back my comment.”
Zarif repeated that “we are not dismantling any centrifuges, we’re not dismantling any equipment, we’re simply not producing, not enriching [uranium] over 5%.”
If you'll remember,that infamous White House fact sheet released last November According to a White House fact sheet released in November said specifically that the interim deal mandates that Iran halt all uranium enrichment beyond 5% and “dismantle the technical connections required to enrich above 5%.”
The reason the last part of that is important is that ramping up the centrifuges to weapons grade is no major deal provided the equipment is still there, hooked up and functioning. In fact thanks to the three month delay, not only have the Iranians been appeal to destroy evidence of what they were up to and conceal anything they don't want the West to see, they had 3 months to add to their stockpile of weapons grade uranium. The last time I checked, back in November, they had a stockpile of 440 pounds of 20 percent-enriched uranium, a form that can be quickly upgraded for weapons use. That's within spitting distance of what's needed for a nuclear weapon, and based on their previous track record the Iranians might well have a lot more than that hidden away.And there's no way of knowing how much they have after three months.
Here's the bottom line,just as I wrote last November when this craven appeasement first surfaced. The Iranians have given up virtually nothing in exchange for President Obama destroying the sanctions regime which took years to put in place,as well as legitimizing the present regime and throwing them a financial lifeline of billions of dollars.
We will live to regret it.