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[ Editor’s Note: Obama’s acknowledging the obvious is no small act here folks. His statements below will make the Saudis and Israelis squirm in fear of long term payback from a “successful regional power” against those who have and will probably continue to be a threat to the region, including major terror operations.
Watch for the reaction that you see from the Jewish Lobby here, and especially when they jerk the chains on some of their Congressional puppies to make statements about a delusional Obama who has lost touch with reality and does not understand that the only successful Iran is one with a puppet American government running their show. Can you say Ukraine?
I think that shows clearly who has lost touch with reality by pretending the failed US policy in the Mideast has been nothing but that. We allowed ourselves to be compromised by the secret agreements we have with some of these regimes, similar to those that Britain had before WWI to pull them into a war on the continent and for which they paid dearly.
The December Iran nuke talks could not be wrapped up because the US, Britain and France were trying to leave sanctions in place while pretending to be removed, and setting so many conditions that they could interpret them later to make violations charges whenever they wanted. Iran is not so stupid was to sign such an agreement and leave that kind of wiggle room.
But the additional extension time delay builds up pressure on the Euro countries that desperately want to do business in Iran.
It will be one of the few areas of growth and can certainly pay its bills, especially from foreign currency earned selling its energy as the Russians were able to set up before the current Western assault to hit the reset button on all that. The EU had a $110 billion trade surplus with Russian before the recent sanction insanity.
Oppostion is growing in the EU by the week on what a mistake the sanctions have been. Leaders are being openly blamed for siding with American interests over their own publics’, not a light charge to make by any means. We hope Americans will show the spunk their European counterparts have in challenging stupid policy… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … December 29, 2014 –
US President Barack Obama acknowledges that Iran would become a “very successful regional power” if a long-term nuclear agreement is reached.
“They have got a chance to get right with the world,” Obama said in an interview with NPR News, which was taped at the White House on Dec. 18 and aired on Monday.
More than a year ago, Iran agreed to an interim agreement to suspend 20-percent uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions pending on a long-term deal.
Despite progress in the talks, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States — plus Germany failed to clinch a final deal by a Nov. 24 deadline. The talks have now been extended until July 1, 2015.
Tehran maintains that the issue of sanctions, not the level of uranium enrichment, is the main stumbling block to reaching a comprehensive deal.
In the interview, Obama said Iran should seize the chance of a long-term deal that could lift the sanctions.
“Because if they do, there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of Iran and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules – and that would be good for everybody,” the US president said.
Obama was asked whether his moves earlier this month to restore relations with Cuba might lead to similar steps with Iran, including opening an embassy in Tehran. He said Iran and Cuba were not comparable, but added, “I never say never.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a new report, confirming Iran’s commitment to the interim deal it signed with the P5+1 group in 2013.