Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Iran disputes US interpretation of nuclear agreement, says it retains right to enrich uranium, US press release 'invalid'

11/26/13, "Iran disputes White House interpretation of nuke agreement," Legal Insurrection, William A. Jacobson

"From Fars News Agency, Iran Strongly Rejects Text of Geneva Agreement Released by White House:

"TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called invalid a press release by the White House alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement struck by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva on Sunday.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday.

She said that the four-page text under the name of the Joint Plan of Action (which has been released by the Iranian foreign ministry) was the result of the agreement reached during the Geneva talks and all of its sentences and words were chosen based on the considerations of all parties to the talks. In fact one of the reasons why negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 took so long pertained to the accuracy which was needed for choosing the words for the text of the agreement, Afkham said, explaining that the Iranian delegation was much rigid and laid much emphasis on the need for this accuracy…."

According to Iran Pulse at AL-Monitor, the disagreement relates to whether the agreement recognizes Iran’s “right” to enrich uranium:

"Marzieh Afkham, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, has disputed what was published on the White House website outlining the specifics of the nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1)….

Afkham did not go into the specifics of what aspects of the document were inconsistent with Iran’s understanding of the agreement. In the Iranian media, there seems to be confusion over Iran’s right to enrichment. Iran’s foreign minister and top nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran’s right to enrich had been officially recognized. However, US Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC’s “This Week,” that “We do not recognized the right to enrich,” and British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC that the phrase “right to enrich” is “not in the document.”"

From the Iranian statement it’s hard to tell exactly what the problem is, and whether one side has sold the agreement to its respective public as something it is not.

I suspect we’ll be hearing more about this in the coming hours."


Comment: A commenter to Legal Insurrection notes the big story isn't Obama, it's that the Republican Party has abdicated. It has fully joined with democrats and the left against the people:

"raven | November 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm
Quite right. It’s “sound and fury signifying nothing.” This may be the bigger issue than Obama (who really is a dull dog, a functionary on behalf of a certain pernicious but common academic anti-Americanism that’s been around for generations. What makes Obama unique or different is his ability to dissemble his true representations). But the Right’s failure is more profound; it suggests that no matter who or what wishes to subvert America, the Right is incapable and unwilling to challenge the cultural monolith behind it. Obama could have been defeated in 2008 by a dedicated and tough McCain campaign. Romney could have defeated him too. But, in essence, they refused to do it. They weren’t willing to cross certain lines that risked their cultural rank, as they saw it. Obama has crossed every line ever drawn in the political-social compact of American governance; the Republicans don’t dare cross their own self-imposed line. That is the bigger story. Obama is just doing, at last, what every anti-American transformational political dreamer has wanted to do for 50 years. The Republicans didn’t see him coming, didn’t want to see him coming, refuse to recognize who he is now that he’s here, so of course cannot act in real opposition, only play-act. Issa must have five open investigations going on. None will ever reach a point of decision and action. It’s not possible, or rather beyond the political psychological limits of the GOP. The big story is not the threat to America by Obama (easy to diagnose, predict, understand) but that the Republicans can’t come close to meeting this threat on its own audacious terms, or on any terms really. Whatever happens to Obama or the country, the outcome or story will not be influenced by GOP action and character; their role is essentially nugatory. They are just observers."

I mostly agree with you here but think your assumption that Romney and McCain are men of the Right is wrong. They are both Leftists, RINO’s."


I hear you."


Added: Rupert Murdoch is a key player in the GOP transformation to hard left. He hired Karl Rove and other Bush crowd failures to man the tanks on Fox News. Upstart voices are ridiculed or otherwise dealt with. The single worst thing to happen to this country since the end of World War II has been the Bush family.


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