• U.S., Iran, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany agree.
By John Friend —
Despite the hysterical, irrational protestations of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his sycophants embedded throughout all levels of the American political and media establishment, Iran finally came to a respectable preliminary agreement over its peaceful nuclear program with the so-called P5+1 powers, which include the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia and China, along with Germany.
Many are hailing the preliminary pact as a major victory in diplomacy and peaceful relations among all nations. It appears that, at least for now, cooler heads have prevailed and war has been avoided in the ongoing saga regarding Iran’s legitimate and legal atomic power program.
Iran and the P5+1 nations have been discussing the Islamic republic’s nuclear system for the past year and a half in Lausanne, Switzerland, seeking to find an arrangement that satisfies and accommodates all parties involved. If an agreement had not been reached, America, Russia and possibly even China would likely have been dragged into a world war—with Israel attacking Iran in an attempt to shut down the Persian state’s nuclear ambitions.
The respectable diplomacy and responsible statecraft have finally paid off. On April 2, negotiators reached an initial agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. However, the deal must be approved by Congress, where it is expected to face serious obstacles.
Specifics of the deal permit Iran to keep just 300 kg of its low-enriched uranium stockpiles, down from 10,000 kg prior to the deal. It also grants Iran the ability to enrich its uranium to 3.67%, far below what is required for a nuclear weapon. In order to build a nuclear weapon, uranium must be enriched to about 90%, rendering delusional the ominous, fear-based rhetoric proffered by opponents of the deal.
Additionally, Iran will only keep 6,104 of its roughly 19,000 centrifuges, which allow nuclear fuel to be extracted from uranium. The International Atomic Energy Agency will be granted access to all Iranian nuclear facilities, ensuring transparency and accountability.
Assuming Iran abides by the agreement, it will see various economic sanctions enacted in recent years against the Persian state lifted.
Unsurprisingly, Israel and its lackeys, who have an immense influence in shaping public policy in the U.S., are already working to derail or modify the deal. According to a recent report in Israel’s largest newspaper Ha’aretz, the Jewish state and its supporters are pursuing a two-pronged attack to undermine the recent agreement, including lobbying Congress “to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal” while also insisting that the White House must push for “improvements” in the deal that favor Israel’s interests.
John Friend is a California-based writer who maintains a blog.