They may have closed a deal just in time for John Kerry to gear up for windsurfing season in Nantucket, but the “framework” that’s supposed to be the foundational element of the Iranaian nuclear deal seems to still be up for debate.
As America closes the books and pats itself on the back – President Obama is off for a state visit to Jamaica, and is happily issuing statements on the nation’s most pressing problem, bathrooms for transgender individuals – and Marie Harf is happily sloughing off criticism from some of the nation’s top minds on foreign policy as “just big words,” the Iranians, who we, apparently, expected to have a “different narrative” on the subject of their nuclear arms race, have all but said the deal is a sham.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday he neither backed nor rejected an interim accord with six world powers on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program but demanded all sanctions be lifted immediately once a final agreement was concluded.
He added in a televised speech that the details of the accord would be decisive, and the publication of a US fact sheet showing terms that were at variance with the Iranian view of the agreement showed “devilish” US intentions…“The White House put out a statement just a few hours after our negotiators finished their talks…this statement, which they called a ‘fact sheet’, was wrong on most of the issues.”
It’s actually the first quote, not the second one, that’s really key. The United States has maintained all along, out of earshot of the Iranians, that lifting the sanctions would be contingent on Iran’s compliance with the rest of the deal. They don’t get to start unloading planes full of foreign aid just because they managed to ink a deal with a foreign power. Iran, however, doesn’t seem to be under the same impression – or, more likely, they never intended to agree to any drawdown of their nuclear program to begin with, “negotiated” with America’s delegation, and now plan to simply carry on as though nothing happened.
Obviously, verifying that Iran is in compliance with the deal is what we should want, even if the deal itself is pretty crappy. If we’re settling for a framework that is this questionable in it’s effort to actually keep a nuclear bomb out of the hands of (one of the) Middle East’s conginents of raving lunatics, it’s best if we actually attempt to enfroce the framework, right?
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