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Lead Iran Negotiator: We Haven’t Agreed On How Much Pre-Inspection Notice Iran Gets

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Amb. Wendy Sherman, the lead US negotiator in the P5+1 talks with Iran, said that the amount of notice Iran gets before its nuclear sites are inspected hasn’t been determined yet on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

“Well, I’m not going to go into the specific details of each and every element of this negotiation because…we do not yet have an agreement, or an understanding as the lawyers call it. What we have is a framework. We are now negotiating those details, those details are absolutely crucial for all of the reasons that you all are discussing, and we have until June 30th to reach that. What we wanted to do, and the instructions we had from the president is get a framework, where we know, at least the top line–and actually, we got several more lines, of each of the major elements so that I, in fact, can tell Congress, I, in fact, can tell the American people that we can move ahead” Sherman stated when asked how much notice Iran would have to be given before any inspections.

When asked what her understanding of the framework regarding inspections, she responded “I think what the framework means is we will have the access we need to ensure that we have the time to make the decisions that we need. It’s why the one-year breakout time that we’ve talked about so much, the amount of time that it would take them to get enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon is so critical. Because in a year you have more than enough time to make other decisions about sanctions, or about other kinds of actions, to make sure that America’s national security, and the world’s national security is indeed secure.”

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