American Elephants


Um, Agreement in Geneva? Not So Fast! by The Elephant's Child

It appears that the Document agreed to in Geneva between the P5 +1 ( U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) and Iran might well be two different documents. Each side has a different interpretation of the interim understanding reached on November 24.

From the remarks of the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jarad Zarif on Iranian television, the Geneva document does not legally obligate Iran. The Iranians regard enrichment as their right, and judges that it will need little time to recover its production capabilities of 20-percent enriched uranium. There will be no legal obligations. “Today, we are only unscrewing two taps between a cascade and if we decide to enrich uranium to 20 percent, we will do it in a period of 24 hours.”

Secretary Kerry, on the other hand, says that the measures will address “the most urgent concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. It locks in the most critical components of a nuclear program into place and impedes progress in those critical components in a way that actually rolls back the stockpile of enriched uranium and widens the length of time possible for breakout. That makes people safer.” He adds that daily access to key facilities will enable us to determine with greater certainty than ever before that Iran  is complying.

There you go. That should make you feel better. It could, of course, be worse. The media is reminding us that there is a giant caldera under Yellowstone Park that could explode any time and destroy the whole country.

 

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