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Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Is This the End of Hopes for a Final Nuclear Deal With Iran?

With a deadline on U.S.-Iranian nuclear negotiations looming, Tehran has dug in its heels on a vital issue. The Telegraph reports:

Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, defence minister Hossein Dehgan said on Saturday.

Mr Dehgan’s comments come just two days before a deadline for Iran to give its response to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over historic allegations of a military dimension to its nuclear research. […]

The base lies at the centre of allegations of past Iranian research into sophisticated explosives that can be used to detonate a nuclear warhead.

In his June report, Mr Amano [IAEA director Yukiya Amano] said satellite photographs suggested there had been fresh activity at the base this year.

It’s hard to see a final deal emerging in November if Tehran persists in this stance. Given how many other American interests in the region that the Administration has been willing to put on the back burner to advance these negotiations, it is vital that it figure out whether Iran is negotiating for real or playing for time. This latest news is not an encouraging sign.

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  • rheddles

    it is vital that it figure out whether Iran is negotiating for real or playing for time

    I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn you might want to buy.

  • Gene

    “it is vital that it figure out whether Iran is negotiating for real or playing for time.”

    We probably ought to be asking the same question about the Obama Administration. It must keep “hope” of a deal alive no matter what, since it likely does not have a plan B.

  • LarryD

    Iran has *always* been playing for time. The people who cannot see that are in denial.

  • Fat_Man

    They are betting that Obama will fold so he can that piece of paper signed: “Peace in Our Time”

    It is not a bad bet. He will fold like a cheap accordion.

    • S.C. Schwarz

      Agreed. There’s a tough election looming so you can be sure Obama won’t do anything that might disturb his “I end wars” narrative. Iranian nuclear weapons? That’s a problem for some other President.

  • Gerald

    This is sort of a “blinding glimpse of the obvious”. Iran has never intended to cease or even slow down their efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Obama has never been serious about any action to restrain Iran’s development. He only cares about domestic politics, and will never take any serious action to protect American or Israeli security.

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