First Step Understandings Regarding Iran's Nuclear Program

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 24, 2013
EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Addresses the Media After the P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva
Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif After the P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva
P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva
Secretary Kerry at the P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva

The P5+1 -- the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union -- has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  This weekend, the P5+1 and Iran reached a set of initial understandings that halts the progress of Iran's nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects.  These are the first meaningful limits that Iran has accepted on its nuclear program in close to a decade.

"The fact is that if this step -- first step -- leads to what is our ultimate goal, which is a comprehensive agreement that will make the world safer," Secretary of State John Kerry said during a press conference after the P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva, Switzerland.

Secretary Kerry continued, "...It will make our partners in the region safer. It will make our ally Israel safer. This has been a difficult and a prolonged process. It's been difficult for us, and it's been difficult for our allies, and it’s obviously been difficult for the Government of Iran. The next phase, let me be clear, will be even more difficult, and we need to be honest about it. But it will also be even more consequential."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

"And while we obviously have profound differences with Iran yet to be resolved, the fact is that this agreement could not have been reached without the decision of the Iranian Government to come to the table and negotiate.  And I want to say tonight that Foreign Minister Zarif worked hard, deliberated hard, and we are obviously, we believe, better that the decision was made to come here than not to, and to work hard to reach an agreement. And we thank the Foreign Minister for those efforts," the Secretary said.

"Together now, we need to set about the critical task of proving to the world what Iran has said many times -- that its program is in fact peaceful.  Now, with this first step, we have created the time and the space in order to be able to pursue a comprehensive agreement that would finish the work that President Obama began on the very first day in office, and that is to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon."

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Eric J.
New Mexico, USA
November 25, 2013

This whole issue about a "right to enrich" Iran maintains it has I think can be summed up like this:

Here in America one has an equal opportunity to learn how to drive a car and become licenced to do so legally...this does not mean that everyone has "the right" to drive...for it is a priviledge afforded to those who pass their driver's test, and opperate their vehicle in accordance with the law and safety standards set by each state's licencing authority, and if an individual violates those standards IE: drives drunk, drives recklessly, or without concern for other motorist's safety, then one's driving priviledge generally gets suspended or revoked by a judge...and more than likely have spent a few days in jail after having been arrested, with the vehicle inpounded, and be facing substantial fines and/or more jail time depending on the charges faced.

Sure , everyone has the opportunity to make use of atomic power for peacefull purposes, but like driving, it's a priviledge afforded to nations who opperate their nuclear programs according to safety standards and the protocols of treaties governing its use...the "licencing authority" in this case being the IAEA certifying that a nation is in compliance with its obligations just as every driver must carry liability insurance in order to legally opperate their vehicle on the road.

Now if I were driving my 4x4 chanting "death to..." over a PA mounted on the roof so everyone could hear, how long do you'all think it would be before I got stopped by a cop?

Naturally enough It would be hard to imagine that I was driving my car with peacefull intent.

Even if I maintained that I was excercising my rights to freedom of expression, and that I'd issued a fatwa forbidding myself from using my vehicle as a weapon of mass destructioin to clear sidewalks of pedestrians with...

I'd be stopped by a cop and taken to the hospital to be put under psyciatric observation, given a breathalizer test and possibly a blood test to determine if I was under the influence of drugs , and before I could pick up my 4x4 from the impound lot, I'm pretty sure the judge would require me to agree to attend an anger managment program and have me on probation before he'd dare restore my driving priviledges, being more or less a self-confessed imminent danger to the public at large.

And I certainly understand why the Israeli Prime Minister is concerned for pedestrian's safety with the ayatollah behind the wheel...

Now if this agreement reached puts a boot on the tire so the vehicle can't move, then greater public safety has been achieved in part, but untill the vehicle is dismantled there's always the possibility that boot will be removed and you'all are looking at dealing with a sidewalk clearing incident of tragic proportions.

Folks worked really hard to put a boot on the Ayatollah's nuclear program, and the diplomacy involved is commendable ....remarkable that it has achieved this much even...but only time will tell whether it ammounts to more than the "mistake" some claim this deal with Iran to be.

Fort W.
Indiana, USA
November 26, 2013
Shame on you John Kerry for not even trying to get Saeed Abedini freed!


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