Iran Nuke Deal Quietly Collapses – Amir Taheri
Less than a month after it was hailed as “a great diplomatic coup,” the Geneva accord to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions seems to have come unstuck. The official narrative in Tehran is that Iran signed nothing. “There is no treaty and no pact,” says Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, “only a statement of intent.” Originally, Iran’s official media had presented the accord as a treaty (qarardad), but it now refers to a “letter of agreement” (tavafoq nameh).
On Sunday, an editorial in the daily Kayhan, published by the office of Supreme Guide Ali Khameini, claimed that the six-month period of the accord was meaningless and that a final agreement might “even take 20 years to negotiate.”
The new Iranian narrative is that talks about implementing an accord that is not legally binding have collapsed and that there is no change in the rhythm and tempo of Iran’s nuclear project. “Our centrifuges are working full capacity,” the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, Ali-Akbar Salehi, said last Thursday. If unable to impose its will on others, the Iranian regime will try to buy time through endless negotiations. (New York Post)
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