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Iranian Nuclear Roulette Continues

by Stephen Lendman Friday, May. 16, 2014 at 12:32 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Iran

Iranian Nuclear Roulette Continues

by Stephen Lendman

Last November, Iran and P5+1 countries agreed on interim Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. Obama twice breached them. He did so unilaterally.

In mid-February, talks resumed. Focus is on agreeing on a comprehensive "permanent resolution" by July 20. Previous articles raised doubts.

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise.

It doesn't matter. "My goal is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," said Obama. "All options are on the table."

Iranians have just cause for concern. US agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Washington doesn't negotiate in good faith. It never did. It doesn't now. Believing otherwise requires a giant leap of faith.

On May 14, talks resumed in Vienna. Efforts began on drafting permanent agreement terms.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for legal and international affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi said Tehran aims to conclude talks before the agreed on July 20 deadline.

Three more rounds will follow current ones. Two in June. A third if needed for as long as it takes to achieve permanent agreement terms.

Heavy lifting remains. An unnamed senior US official warned about unrealistic expectations. "(V)ery, very difficult" gaps remain unresolved, he said.

"I would caution people that just because we will be drafting it certainly does not mean an agreement is imminent or that we are certain to eventually get to a resolution," he added.

"There are a range of complicated issues to address and we do not know if Iran will be able to make the tough decisions they must to assure the world that they will not obtain a nuclear weapon and that their program is for entirely peaceful purposes."

Michael Mann is EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman. He struck a similar note of caution, He said both sides aim for permanent resolution agreement terms by July 20.

It "does not mean they will (achieve it) by a certain date just for the sake reaching an agreement by a certain date," he stressed.

During his mid-May Middle East tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said talks "will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran's nuclear program."

"While we noted that Iran's diplomatic engagement has been a positive development, we continue to share deep concerns about Iran's destabilizing activities throughout the region."

Since 1984, annual State Department Country Reports on Terrorism wrongfully designated Iran a "State Sponsor of Terrorism."

They did so without evidence. They ignored contrary facts otherwise. False accusations persist.

Making them bodes ill for resolving decades of US hostility. According to ambassador-at-large and counterterrorism coordinator Tina Kaidanow:

"We will continue to counter Iranian support for terrorism, in coordination with our partners and our allies, and make clear to Iran’s leaders that its government sponsorship of illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community."

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said "(w)e have come here with a decisive will" for compromise. At the same time, he vowed to defend Iran's legitimate nuclear rights.

They're entirely peaceful. No evidence whatever suggests a military component. Claiming otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's longstanding regime change plans.

Nothing suggests they changed. They call for eliminating all independent governments. Replacing them with US-friendly stooge ones in prioritized.

Iran is the region's crown jewel. Washington want its huge oil and gas reserves plundered. It wants Big Oil involved.

It wants what Tehran won't tolerate. Its sovereign independence matters most. So are its fundamental rights.

David Albright heads the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). He impersonates a nuclear expert.

He's a former pseudo-UN weapons inspector. Former Iraq chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter called him a "nuclear expert who never was."

His "track record (reveals) half-baked analyses derived from questionable sources," said Ritter.

"He breathes false legitimacy into these factually challenged stories by" claiming fake credentials.

Albright founded ISIS. It's self-serving. It shuns truth. He fronts for power, privilege, and war profiteers.

He's part of Washington's anti-Iranian agenda. In Iraq, he played the same role. He's a pro-imperial opportunist.

He fronts for power. His role is political. He says what Washington wants to hear.

Credibility isn't his long suit. He has no scientific expertise whatever. He fakes it.

Bruno Tertrais is a prominent French neocon. He's militantly anti-Iranian. He's a Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research senior fellow. Earlier he was a Rand Corporation visiting fellow.

He's a former NATO civilian affairs committee to assembly director. His 2007 book titled "Iran: La Prochaine Guerre (Iran: The Next War)" predicted Washington waging it.

He supports it. His hardline views haven't softened. He's committed to regime change.

On May 14, Wall Street Journal editors featured him and Albright. They gave them prominent op-ed space. They headlined "Making Iran Come Clean About Its Nukes."

They lied about a non-existing program. No evidence whatever suggests one. It doesn't matter.

"Alarm bells should be going off in the West," they claimed. P5+1 countries "have been trying to negotiate a deal to end sanctions against Iran in return for drastic reductions in its nuclear program."

"If Iran is able to successfully evade questions about a weapons program now, when biting sanctions on oil exports and financial transactions are in place, why would it address them later when these sanctions are lifted?"

"What use will an agreement be if Iran can hide a capacity to secretly build nuclear bombs?"

"(T)he 'world' wouldn't be so concerned if Tehran had never conducted activities aimed at building a nuclear weapon."

"(A) final agreement must ensure that any effort by Tehran to construct a bomb would be sufficiently time-consuming and detectable that the international community could act decisively to prevent Iran from succeeding."

"It is critical to know whether the Islamic Republic had a nuclear-weapons program in the past, how far the work on warheads advanced and whether it continues."

"Without clear answers to these questions, outsiders will be unable to determine how fast the Iranian regime could construct either a crude nuclear-test device or a deliverable weapon if it chose to renege on an agreement."

"After nearly a decade of talks…Iran has resisted answering…primary questions about a weapons program."

"Now a July 20 deadline looms…Tehran may be betting that if it stalls long enough, its negotiating partners will significantly soften their demand for information about militarized nuclear activities in order to keep the negotiating process on track."

"To ensure that the Iranian regime doesn't benefit from running down the clock, (P5+1 countries) should make clear that no agreement is possible" without full disclosure - of what's non-existent.

Otherwise, "more crippling sanctions" will be imposed. "Much more than diplomacy is at stake."

Iran justfiably claims no "nuclear weapons aspirations." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fundamentally opposes them. He wants a militarized nuclear free Middle East.

Albright and Tertrais claim "his denials are not credible."

"Unless Iran…address(es) concerns about past military-nuclear efforts, (it'll) have established a powerful precedent of no-go zones…to conduct clandestine, prohibited activities, such as uranium enrichment and weaponization," they said.

"If the West fails to demand that Iran verifiably fess up to the military dimensions of its nuclear program, the odds are good that Ayatollah Khamenei would be able to build the bomb without fear of discovery."

Fact: Washington has at least 16 known intelligence agencies.

Fact: They're unanimous about Iran annually.

Fact: They affirm no evidence whatever about an Iranian militarized nuclear program.

Fact: In late January, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper discussed Iran's so-called "WMD capabilities."

Fact: He presented no evidence suggesting a nuclear weapons program.

Fact: "We continue to assess...Iran's overarching strategic goals," he said.

Fact: It pursues "civilian goals," he stressed.

Fact: He claimed Tehran has "the ability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so."

Fact: It bears repeating. Nothing suggests it, he stressed.

Fact: "We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons," he said.

Fact: No programs exist to do so.

Fact: Clapper claimed Tehran progressed technologically in "uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles."

Fact: Its "advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons," said Clapper.

Fact: So do Germany, Japan and numerous other countries.

Fact: Clapper ignored Israel's threatening nuclear, chemical and biological arsenals.

Fact: US ones weren't mentioned.

Fact: Nor US and Israeli long-range delivery systems.

Fact: They threaten humanity.

Fact: Clapper ignored what matters most.

Fact: Despite Iran's technological capabilities, he said, it won't "be able to divert safeguarded material and produce enough weapons-grade uranium (WGU) before such activity would be discovered."

Fact: If Iran "fully implements" interim Joint Plan of Action terms,  its transparency will "provide earlier warning of" any violations, he added.

Fact: Netanyahu lied saying the "whole world knows Tehran is after nukes."

Fact: The "whole world" world knows otherwise.

Fact: The "whole world" includes America.

Fact: It includes Europe.

Fact: It includes virtually all countries except Israel and some other rogue states.

Fact: So-called "alarm bells going off" aren't ringing.

Fact: Throughout multiple nuclear talk rounds for years, Iran negotiated responsibly.

Fact: Claims otherwise are false.

Fact: No secret Iranian weaponized nuclear program exists.

Fact: No evidence suggests one.

Fact: Nothing indicates Iran wants one.

Fact: Plenty shows it believes nuclear weapons are abhorrent.

Fact: It wants a militarized nuclear free Middle East.

Fact: It wants all nuclear weapons eliminated.

Fact: It's the world's most heavily inspected country.

Fact: It's nuclear facilities are monitored round-the-clock.

Fact: Washington and Israel prohibit monitoring theirs.

Fact: They're off-limits.

Fact: Pressure enough to matter isn't brought to bear to demand openness.

Fact: Israel never signed NPT.

Fact: Iran was one of its first signatories.

Fact: No evidence suggests Tehran provision violations.

Fact: Plenty shows Washington systematically breaches treaties, conventions and other agreements.

Fact: So does Israel.

Fact: It's a nuclear outlaw.

Fact: It's been so for decades.

Fact: If all nations were governed like Iran, nuclear weapons wouldn't exist.

Fact: Wars wouldn't be waged.

Fact: Peace would be prioritized.

Fact: So would rapprochement among all countries.

Fact: Imperial adventurism wouldn't be tolerated.

Fact: Rule of law principles would be respected.

Fact: So would national sovereignty.

Planet earth would be safer to live on. Humanity could exhale.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
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