World powers recognize Iran enrichment right: Western diplomat
…via Press TV, Tehran
Update: John Kerry and the French, German and Chinese FMs are flying to Geneva as there is obviously a log jam on some remaining issues where ‘adjustments’ are beyond the authority of the main negotiators. Lavrov came Friday afternoon. So we will see a fourth day, which they planned well to have available to salvage a written agreement.
The Arak plant is replacing an older one that is not even due to come on line for like two years so I do not suspect the Iranians want to tie that place up in the first step deal. It is a test of their being able to do peaceful reprocessing. If they give that up on the front end, then a lot more will be asked for later, and they know it.
Update 2 – midnight: The Iranian delegation ‘will neither confirm or deny’ the story below…a good sign. They would not have needed to bring the FM’s in to OK what we know was a deal killer anyway. So I am sensing some ‘staging’ taking place now…where this leak was a drum roll for the FM’s to come in to and make the final deal.
I never expected that the detail negotiators had the power to resolve major snags, and Security Council members were not going to let the EU’s lady Ashton play their cards for them. Tomorrow….is the big day, folks. Cross your fingers as history could be made by demonstrating a template which could generate a ripple effect to solve other issues.
I had thought that issue had been defused because the IAEA people have been invited there already, and to look at the uranium mining facility.
So movement was already taking place there…all part of Iran showing ‘flexibility’ up front in exchange for expected beginnings of the sanctions roll backs.
The Iranian negotiators had repeated this over and over…that there should be ‘reciprocal flexibility’ to build trust. This is what Israel was out to prevent from happening as at the end of the day we will eventually be talking about Israel’s WMD.
Of course with Press TV reporting several times a day we all knew that no enrichment was a deal killer which would have made both talks look like a foolish waste of time as everybody knew that no country that is an NPT member would agree to such a thing.
They would be surrendering their sovereignty to former colonial powers which would kill them politically in their own country, something Israel would have loved of course.
Keep your fingers crossed that we can finish the day with a signed road map plan as I think it would be irreversible at that point and trade groups will start booking hotel rooms in Tehran.
Then we can switch or focus and time to launch a never ending counter attached on AIPAC and all of their Congressional supporters. And by that I mean a counter attack that never ends…that kind. It is time to take the gloves off and deal with them like they deal with people… Jim W. Dean ]
Press TV – Breaking News
The Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told IRNA news agency on Friday that Iran and the six countries have ended their debate on the issue of enrichment in Iran with the recognition of the Islamic Republic’s right in the final agreement.
The diplomat added that Iran and the Sextet are now discussing the Arak heavy water reactor located in central Iran. The development came hours after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Press TV that the Islamic Republic will not negotiate its right to uranium enrichment.
“Our right to enrichment is our red line. The enrichment program that Iran has, will continue…. Any agreement should include enrichment program for Iran. We will not accept anything else other than that,” said the Iranian minister.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, France, Britain, Russia and China — plus Germany kicked off their latest round of talks on Wednesday.
The two sides are working to hammer out an interim deal to pave the ground for the resolution of the West’s decade-old standoff with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.