Iran Nuclear Talks in Vienna

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 24, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to London, Paris and Vienna, November 17-24.  On November 24, Secretary Kerry held a press availability in Vienna, where he provided an update on the Iran nuclear talks.  Secretary Kerry said:

"...We have worked long and hard not just over these past days but for months in order to achieve a comprehensive agreement that addresses international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. This takes time. The stakes are high and the issues are complicated and technical, and each decision affects other decisions. There’s always an interrelationship, and each decision also deeply affects international security and national interests.

"It also takes time to do this because we don’t want just any agreement. We want the right agreement. Time and again, from the day that he took office, President Obama has been crystal clear that we must ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon, period. And this is not specific to one country; it’s the policy of many countries in the world to reduce the numbers of nuclear weapons that exist today and not to allow new ones. And we are engaged in that struggle in many places. And the fact is that even Russia and the United States, who have the largest number, are working hard to reduce that number and to reduce the potential of fissionable nuclear material being available to any additional entity in the world.

"President Obama has been just as clear that the best way to do this is through diplomacy, through a comprehensive and durable agreement that all parties can agree to, that all parties are committed to upholding, and whose implementation is not based on trust but on intensive verification."

Secretary Kerry continued, "...In these last days in Vienna, we have made real and substantial progress, and we have seen new ideas surface. And that is why we are jointly -- the P5+1, six nations and Iran -- extending these talks for seven months with the very specific goal of finishing the political agreement within four months and with the understanding that we will go to work immediately, meet again very shortly. And if we can do it sooner, we want to do it sooner."

The Secretary then underscored that "...even as the negotiations continue towards a comprehensive deal, the world is safer than it was just one year ago. It is safer than we were before we agreed on the Joint Plan of Action, which was the interim agreement.  One year ago, Iran’s nuclear program was rushing full speed toward larger stockpiles, greater uranium enrichment capacity, the production of weapons-grade plutonium, and ever shorter breakout time. Today, Iran has halted progress on its nuclear program and it has rolled it back for the first time in a decade."

Secretary Kerry concluded, "...I would say to those who are skeptical, those who wonder whether we should rush ahead down a different course, I believe the United States and our partners have earned the benefit of the doubt at this point. Many were quick to say that the Joint Plan of Action would be violated; it wouldn’t hold up, it would be shredded. Many said that Iran would not hold up its end of the bargain. Many said that the sanctions regime would collapse. But guess what? The interim agreement wasn’t violated. Iran has held up its end of the bargain, and the sanctions regime has remained intact.

"...We have the time in the next weeks and months to try and get this right. And because of that, we should continue to exercise the judgment and the patience to defend our interests, uphold our core principles, maintain our sense of urgency that this issue deserves, and keep open the road to a peaceful resolution. That’s what we decided to do here today. I am convinced it is the right decision, made on the basis of what we have done over the course of these last days, and on the prospects of what we could achieve if we can reach a comprehensive agreement."

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Eric J.
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New Mexico, USA
November 26, 2014

Despite everyone's best efforts, my bottom line assesment is that you'all probably won't be able to swing a deal with Iran until that old fossil of an Ayatollah kicks the bucket; Simply because the thought of compromising with "the great Satan" would kill the ideological premis for the Iranian revolution with no enemy to sustain the political stupidity inherant in his rhetoric.

Worst case scenario is he'll live long enough to string the rest of the world along long enough that opne day you'all will wake up to the grim reality that Iran has just conducted a successful nuclear test and he anounces that he's got a hundred where that came from....then all your efforts will be for nought, trying to keep peace and sanity on the front burner of diplomacy.

Your foreign policy focus on the nuclear dossier is misdirected...the nuclear program is not the problem...other nations have nukes and arn't sponsoring terrorism...with the exception of North Korea who can't help being stupid enough to believe they can nuke Austin...The problem is the Iranian regime itself...a theocratic totalitarian military junta that wants nukes to further its meglomaniacal terrorist agenda throughout the Mideast and beyond.

So you'all try to wage diplomacy to get a deal to buy time while you attempt to bankrupt the regime before you have to bomb the hell out of it...I understand the peaceful premis behind this, but yet at the same time you've decided to negotiate with terrorists in the hopes that someone reasonable will step up, seal the deal and save the Iranian nation from their self imposed insanity?

Good luck with that. Ask the Iranian people whether that's doable or not while they remain enslaved by the ayatollah's minions.

Focus on their freedom and you'll make more progress.

EJ 11/26/14

John M.
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Colorado, USA
November 30, 2014
Great speech John Kerry! Also wonderful to meet you just outside the press conference when we shook hands and talked briefly about windsurfing. I wanted to ask you whether the Iranian FM explained to you why Iran won't allow inspectors into their military bases. Could you please tell me? Please email me at the above address John. I also would be very interested in working for the State Department under your direction here in Vienna. I have been living here in Vienna since 2002 and come from Lake Forest, IL. I graduated Hotchkiss in 1977. I studied geology after that at various universities in the U.S. and Vienna. I also am a huge fan of politics, diplomacy and working for world peace and reducing nuclear weapons and nuclear power worldwide. I met the Iranian ambassador to the IAEA two years ago at a Hans Blix talk here in Vienna and suggested to him that perhaps we all should give up all nuclear power, including the U.S. and Israel. He smiled and said that he didn't agree because he was a nuclear physicist! It doesn't hurt to try though! I look forward to chatting with you more about this and windsurfing in Nantucket and Maui! Thanks! John Munson

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