The United States and other world powers this morning announced a deal addressing Iran’s nuclear weapons program for at least ten years. The agreement restricts Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the country.
However, the agreement may be flawed. According several reports, many people are planning to live longer than ten years and could become adversely affected if they do.
According to other reports, the agreement restricts Iran’s nuclear production, requiring it to reduce its current stockpile by as much as 98 percent. The number of centrifuges at its Natanz facility would be reduced by two thirds.
The “breakout” time to a nuclear weapons is supposedly reduced to one year. But the breakout time would begin to decline after only ten years, and Iran will have few impediments to developing a nuclear weapon after 15 years.
However, in a key concession that is sure to fuel opposition to the deal in Congress, access to Iran’s military sites is not guaranteed, possibly preventing a full view into what Iran is up to and an accounting of what it has done in the past. Iran will be able to challenge inspections of such sites, and the issue will be decided by some kind of panel that will include Iran. That means inspections will at the very least be delayed, and “anytime anywhere” is a concept that has been discarded.
Speaking at the White House, Obama said of the Iranian leaders, “It is possible the change.” He is apparently betting the world’s future – because there may not be much of a future once Iran’s extremist, murderous leaders begin mass producing nuclear weapons – on the willingness of the Iranian rulers to reform themselves.
They haven’t for 35 years, and they won’t.
Iran agreed to the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on the country for up to five more years, though it could end earlier if the International Atomic Energy Agency definitively clears Iran of any current work on nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reported.
It can begin selling oil possibly as early as the end of the year. And the Iranians could by then also receive more than $100 billion in assets that had been frozen overseas.
Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu termed the deal an “historic mistake.” He said:
Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted.
Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. This is a bad mistake of historic proportions.
Israel undoubtably felt it had to wait for the negotiations to conclude before it could take military action. We will see what they decide to do. No doubt, if Congress rejects the deal, it could provide extra justification for the Israelis to move.
Congress now has 60 days to review the arrangement, meaning a vote will occur in September. But even if Congress rejects the agreement, Obama can veto the measure, and an override is considered unlikely.