Iran has played the Obama Administration for fools.
Even though the Tehran official line now asserts that the nuclear deal that was struck in Geneva has no weight at all, the Obama Administration says it will veto any Congressional action that hardens sanctions against Iran. Senators from both parties introduced legislation Thursday stating that if Tehran violates the nuclear deal or lets it expire without a long-term accord, there would be additional restrictions.
However, Iran knows the deal is a sham. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham stated of the Geneva agreement that ostensibly slowed Iran’s uranium enrichment, “There is no treaty and no pact, only a statement of intent.” After the deal had been signed, Iran’s official media initially called it a treaty (qarardad), but it now calls the deal a “letter of agreement” (tavafoq nameh).
Original perceptions of the accord were that Iran would slow uranium enrichment and eschew installing equipment to produce plutonium for six months while the P5+1 group of nations recognized Iran’s right to enrich and eased sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Later the story was altered; both sides were to appoint a team of experts to figure out the “modalities” and set a timetable.
Now the story has metamorphosed further; the daily Kayhan, published by the office of “Supreme Guide” Ali Khameini, editorialized on Sunday that the six month period that had been set to come to an agreement didn’t matter and that coming to definitive terms might “even take 20 years to negotiate.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, referring to Iran’s summons to its experts in Geneva to come home so they could figure out how to implement any accord, said, “Now we have to talk about reviving the talks on modalities.” The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, Ali-Akbar Salehi, acknowledged the deal had changed nothing, saying last Thursday, “Our centrifuges are working full capacity.”
Iran, since the ascension of the Ayatollah Khomeini, has consistently played the game of stalling any opposition through eternal negotiation. Examples include:
- Tehran has been negotiating with Russia and three other states adjoining the Caspian Sea since 1992 over the sea’s resources.
- Negotiations with Iraq over implementing Resolution 598 of the UN Security Council and reopening the Shatt al-Arab border estuary have been ongoing since 2004.
- Negotiations with Afghanistan over water resources have continued since 2003.
- Negotiations with Qatar over gas resources with Qatar total 25 years.
- Nuclear negotiations have run since 1993, were resumed with the E.U. in 2002, then opened again in 2009.
The cunning use of negotiations as a diversion keeps military action against Iran at bay as well as slows the call for sanctions. Now that the Obama Administration has committed to playing Iran’s game, the White House and its minions can be used as proxy negotiators on Iran’s behalf.
Iran also gained from the perception of a nuclear deal because with the easing of sanctions, Iran’s national currency, the rial, which lost 80% percent of its value in the last four years, has arrested its plunge. Another advantage gained by the mullahs is that their brutality, which includes executing an average of ten people every day, will now be ignored as the West cheers the nuclear deal.
A Sunday statement from Khameini read, “If our centrifuges do not continue to turn, no other wheel shall turn for our dignity, independence, power, and security.”