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Iran Nuclear Negotiations Drift from Dismantlement to Haggling over Future Reactors

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Drift from Dismantlement to Haggling over Future Reactors

It appears the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have taken a turn for the worse. The Obama administration along with the other countries involved in negotiations with Iran are seemingly abandoning their original intentions: dissolving Iran’s current nuclear infrastructure. Instead, the six world powers are now debating the merits of Iran’s building a brand new plutonium reactor.

Vienna played host to the second in a slated series of six meetings. Top diplomatic representatives from the United States, Russia, France, England, Germany, and China are engaged in the new round of talks with the Iranian regime.

This week, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon criticized the Obama Administration’s timid approach to international affairs and negotiating with Iran in a fiery speech at Tel Aviv University. “If you sit and wait at home, the terrorism will come again. This is a war of civilizations. If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman. I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer,” Ya’alon said.

The United States Senate recently submitted a bipartisan letter to the White House, signed by 83 senators. The letter demands the United States reject Iran’s supposed “right” to enrich nuclear material. The letter states, “We believe that Iran has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we believe any agreement must dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program and prevent it from ever having a uranium or plutonium path to a nuclear bomb.” A similar bipartisan letter made its way out of the House of Representatives, signed by 394 House representatives. The letter warned of Iran’s noted history of deceit and deception when negotiating with the international community.

In the United States’s most recent annual worldwide threats assessments, Director of National Intelligence Clapper warned Iran currently has the “scientific, technical, and industrial” infrastructure to reach nuclear breakout capacity.

Pundits have struggled to nail down Iran’s true intentions relating to its nuclear program, as its chief decision maker, the Ayatollah Khamenei, rarely comments publicly on the matter. Khamenei has ruled over the Persian nation unchecked as ‘Supreme Leader’ of Iran since 1989.

The next round of talks between Iran and the world powers is scheduled to occur April 7-9 in Vienna.

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