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Iran Nuclear Deal Done (-20% Uranium Production For $6-7bn Lifted Sanctions)

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UPDATE: Details of the deal are emerging including $4.2bn in FX

Despite earlier denials from Iran’s Deputy FinMin, EU, Iran, and US officials have confirmed:


There are no details yet – but an interim agreement has been reached to ‘roll back’ some of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of some sanctions. Close U.S. ally Israel opposes the deal as too generous to an enemy it sees as a mortal threat. Israel is not a party to the talks. President Obama will address the nation at 1015ET to take a victory lap (perhaps this foreign victory will lift his domestic approval rating off record lows)…




The Iranian President seems pleased…


Iranian people’s vote for #moderation & constructive engagement + tireless efforts by negotiating teams are to open new horizons. #IranTalks

— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) November 24, 2013


But not so much The Israelis:


Israeli reporters angry in Geneva – Iran’s State-owned News Agency IRNA #Iran #Tehran #GenevaTalks

— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) November 24, 2013



Some details on the deal…

From AlJazeera:


#Iran will get access to $4.2 bn in foreign exchange as part of the agreement, a Western diplomat said on Sunday.

— AJELive (@AJELive) November 24, 2013



and WaPo,

Close U.S. ally Israel opposes the deal as too generous to an enemy it sees as a mortal threat. Israel is not a party to the talks.



The proposed deal offered to Iran would reportedly allow limited uranium enrichment, although under tight restrictions and heavy international monitoring. But Western officials have balked at recognizing a legal “right” to uranium enrichment, hoping instead to craft language in the final agreement that acknowledges the right of all countries to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Zarif appeared to endorse that approach publicly last week.


The sides also continued to haggle over details of the limited sanctions relief to be offered to Iran in return for scaling back its nuclear program, diplomats said. The relief would reportedly include freeing up a small portion of Iran’s overseas currency accounts and easing other trade restrictions.


The most painful sanction, affecting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, would remain until the end of the deal’s first phase, depending on Iran’s willingness to accept permanent curbs on its nuclear program, Western officials said.

The President deep in negotiation:


WH posted photos of Pres Obama conferring with top aides today about nuclear weapons talks with Iran.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 24, 2013



Via Al Jazeera,

Iran and six world powers have reached an agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief, several delegations in the talks said on Sunday.


“We have reached an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on his Twitter feed.


Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull speaking from Geneva said “marathon talks have come to an end, the French foreign minister gave a thumbs up as he departed the Intercontinental hotel.


“Foreign ministers of the P5+1 negotiation with Iran will be going to Geneva’s UN headquarters where they will announce details of the deal,” he said. “There are no details yet, but a interim agreement has been struck to roll back some of Iran’s nuclear programme.”


“It is extrordinarily significant,” he added.


The Israelis initial response (via the Jewish Global Advocay website):

A diplomatic solution is unquestionably the preferred approach to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. But for years Iran has maintained an indisputable posture of deceit and defiance towards the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and nations around the world, including, centrally, the P5+1.


Given this history, and the concomitant lack of trust, the P5+1 will need to be ever vigilant in determining whether Iranian leaders are, in fact, sincere and will fulfill their part of the deal, or will rather play for time while trying to advance their nuclear program.


Serious questions for us to consider in evaluating the merits of this agreement with Iran include:


— How do America’s closest allies in the Middle East view the deal, since, after all, they are the nations most immediately threatened by the prospect of Iran’s belligerence, nuclear weapons capability and delivery systems?


— Does the agreement preserve, explicitly or implicitly, an Iranian “right” to enrich uranium? And, specifically, what are the implications for permitting Iran to continue to enrich uranium to 3.5% during the six-month interim deal?


— Are there precise, satisfactory monitoring arrangements for halting all construction, inside and outside, at the plutonium facility in Arak?


— Is Iran permitted to continue building centrifuges, for potential installation later — say, at the end of the six-month interim deal — to enhance still further its enrichment capability?


— Is Iran required to provide full access to all of its enrichment facilities, centrifuges and nuclear material holdings, including yellow cake?


— Does Iran have to declare and allow inspections of all work related to nuclear-weapons development, as the IAEA has identified, including triggers, computer simulations of nuclear explosions, ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads?


— Have the six world powers received any concrete commitment on Tehran’s involvement in the brutal war in Syria, support for Hezbollah, and efforts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles?


Ultimately, the true test of this agreement will be the ability of the world powers and UN agencies to verify Iranian compliance, including openness to, and full cooperation with, regular, intrusive inspections of all of its nuclear facilities.


Meanwhile, we believe that existing sanctions should remain in place and new sanctions, whose trigger date would not necessarily be immediate, should be pursued to underscore the seriousness of America’s determination — and the consequences of an Iranian failure to act in good faith.


Tangible deeds, not poetic words, will ultimately determine whether Iran has embarked on a new path of cooperation and compliance, or is pursuing the same aggressive and destabilizing policies, which pose such a threat to regional and global security, simply wrapped in new packaging.




And in other news…


BREAKING: Republican Party to change name to “Iran” in order to get Obama to negotiate with them

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) November 24, 2013



4 Comments on "Iran Nuclear Deal Done (-20% Uranium Production For $6-7bn Lifted Sanctions)"

  1. J-Gav on Sun, 24th Nov 2013 10:47 pm 

    Breaking: This is far from a “done deal.” It’s a first step to semething which may (or may not) lead to 2nd step …

  2. DC on Sun, 24th Nov 2013 10:53 pm 

    The un-declared ‘war’ vs Iran will continue un-unabated regardless of Irans token moral victory here. Already the US satraps and lackeys are lining up to ignore/denounce the ‘not-deal’.

    For a fine example of my ‘leaders’ mature and nuanced reaction, I give you Canadas ahem ‘minister’ of foreign something, man-child, John Baird.

    If anything, this epsisode is troubling one, and the Iranians should be alarmed by it not happy. The US real rules, the jews and corporations, want a war to re-integrate Iran back into its networkd of global client states. Put another way, they want a Shah 2.0. Western oil corporations need that in-expensive, still considerable supply of Iranian oil back under BPs benevolent control again. And the US needs the Middle east in a state instability, so nations like China and Russia cannot do business ANYWHERE in the middle east without great difficulty.

  3. BillT on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 1:00 am 

    Perhaps America should uncouple from Israel and tell them that if they do anything, they are on their own. The Saudis won’t be a problem. They are cowards hiding behind their money.

    But, we shall see if this is the beginning of a new relationship with Iran. (Nope! The Banksters want ALL countries not tied to them to be destroyed. They cannot tolerate freedom. It might spread.)

    Is there a drone somewhere with Nutyahoo’s name on it?

  4. Arthur on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 9:52 pm 

    Perhaps America should uncouple from Israel and tell them that if they do anything, they are on their own.

    There is a reason why this is not going to happen, because there is no difference between the rulers of Israel and the US. Solutions for this problem are outside the realm of polite discussion. I think I am going to make myself a cup of tea.

    I have said it before: American history can be divided into three distinct periods:
    1492-1776: European (later British) colonialism
    1776-1913: American independence
    1913-present: Zionist colonialism.

    How did the Americans get rid of the British colonizers?

    Official story: Teabaggers 1.0. –> Mel Gibson and his two toddlers whacking 40 British professional soldiers in a matter of minutes (Hollywood movie ‘The Patriot’). All very entertaining.

    Real story: the war for independence was in reality a continuation of the struggle for European supremacy on North American soil. In fact the European colonizers, the guys with the pitchforks, aka ‘Americans’ had actually relatively little to do with American Independence, there were only 2.5 million Americans at the time, about the size of the population of Holland. The war was decided between the French army and Dutch money and weapons on the one hand and the British and their Hessian/German and Redskin mercenaries on the other hand.


    So how to initiate a fourth period of American history, one of renewed independence? I am afraid the French and Dutch can be of little service here. More promising are the lethal combination of the internet and JFK and 9/11 trutherism. Far more promising.

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