Amir Hossein Motaghi, an Iranian journalist and former aide to Iran’s President Rouhani, defected during the nuclear negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland late last week. What he had to say about the position of the United States in those negotiations is stunning.
“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.” Amir Hossein Motaghi
Not only is the United States trying to ‘convince’ the other nations of the validity of the nuclear deal, they are also reportedly bullying them. And you thought it was just Israel that was being bullied.
Adopting a “harsher stance” toward allies
Example: France has held a cautious approach to the negotiations. The Washington Free Beacon wrote,
“One source in Europe close to the ongoing diplomacy said the United States has begun to adopt a “harsh” stance toward its allies in Paris.
‘There have been very harsh expressions of displeasure by the Americans toward French officials for raising substantive concerns about key elements of what the White House and State Department negotiators are willing to concede to Iran,’ said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ‘That is because the clarifications expose just how weak the Americans’ deal is shaping up to be.’
‘The meeting between the French ambassador in Washington and the president’s envoy to Paris—not a diplomat but a big fundraiser for his campaigns—comes amid these very harsh words that were spoken privately about the ambassador’s recent comments on the seeming American desperation for a deal, and the tough words that President Obama had for President Hollande in their phone call.’
Strategic differences remain between the United States and its allies over how a final deal should look, the source said. The French remain opposed to a recent range of concessions made by the Obama administration.
‘We may agree that denying Iran a nuclear weapon ability is the goal, but apparently the view of what one can leave Iran and assure that is very different,’ the source said.”
How much will we give in to meet tomorrow’s deadline?
The U.S. has reportedly been caving to Iran’s demands. After, all isn’t Iran Obama’s BFF?
This morning’s headlines read that the talks would “come down to the wire” at tomorrow’s deadline, because Iran was making more and more demands. They have even agreed to allow Iran to continue running some 6,000 centrifuges, with diminishing restrictions over the next five years. Iran reportedly also demanded that Saudi airstrikes over Yemen stop – which is not likely.
Iran also reportedly backed off of a promise to ship all of its uranium stockpile to Russia, but officials claim that the stockpile issue is still being worked out.
“The Obama administration says any deal will stretch the time Iran needs to make a nuclear weapon from the present two to three months to at least a year. But critics question that, and say it would be flawed because it keeps Tehran’s nuclear technology intact.”
Unfortunately, Tehran wants immediate relief from all sanctions at the end of 10 years, and the other nations want a progressive removal. Iran has also been balking at inspections from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), something they have been doing for decades. Yet the Obama administration has claimed that they were cooperating fully with inspections. Not so much.
When the bait and switch game is over, what kind of a deal will be reached, and will it allow them to pursue a nuclear bomb? Maybe now you understand why the Senate demanded a say in the final deal, and the President told them they have no place in it. And why Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu feels that the deal is a bad one- and may be even worse than we thought.