Tehran Has Not Backed Down On Any Part Of Its Initial Negotiating Positions; The March 31, 2015 Deadline Means Nothing To It

Iran’s heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak. Photo by AP /ISNA,Hamid Foroutan

In light of their November 2014 failure to bridge the gaps and arrive at an agreement, Iran and the P5+1 group together decided to extend the validity of the November 24, 2014 Geneva Joint Plan of Action by an additional six months, to June 2015.

Following this agreement, the U.S. planned a two-stage continuation of the talks, as follows:

1. Three months (by the end of March 2015) to reach a framework agreement

2. Three additional months (by the end of June 2015) to agree on the technical specifications of this agreement.

However, in a February 18, 2015 speech, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced that he completely disagreed with this procedure, and determined that an agreement would be arrived at not in two stages but in one stage to be completed by the end of June 2015, and that the agreement would include the removal of all sanctions on Iran. This means that the March 31, 2015 deadline is completely unimportant to Khamenei.

The U.S. is disregarding Khamenei’s announcement, and is attempting, without success, to force Iran into the two-stage process that it set out. Iran is refusing to sign any interim document, and for this reason Western foreign ministers involved in the negotiations, such as U.K. Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond, are saying that understandings which might be reached at this stage will only be oral ones.

It should be emphasized that Iran has not backed down in any way, at any stage, from the positions with which it began the talks:

1. Tehran rejects the removal of its enriched uranium from Iran.

2. Tehran rejects a gradual lifting of the sanctions.

3. Tehran rejects restriction of the number of its centrifuges.

4. Tehran rejects intrusive inspections and snap inspections.

5. Tehran rejects any halt to its research and development activity.

6. Tehran rejects any change to the nature of its heavy water reactor at Arak.

7. Tehran rejects any closure of its secret enrichment site at Fordow.

8. Tehran rejects all restrictions to its nuclear activity following the agreement’s expiration.

9. Tehran rejects the inclusion of its long-range missile program in the negotiations.

10. Tehran rejects reporting on its previous clandestine military nuclear activity.

11. Tehran rejects allowing inspections of military sites suspected of conducting nuclear activity.

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  • But I’m certain they will continue to negotiate in good faith.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Obama: “OK”.

    • luna

      Many of his supporters seem to believe that a bad deal will avoid a war, while no deal guarantees one.

      This is completely false, all a bad deal does is make Iran more dangerous.

      • Ron MacDonald

        A war in the Middle East will be good for the Canadian oil industry.

        • luna

          There are several regional wars underway in the middle east.

          With Iran’s power grab in Yemen, Iran now could potentially cut off shipping routes to Saudi Arabia both from Persian gulf & red sea.

          • Ron MacDonald

            The US would sink their boats and shoot down their aircraft should they try that.

          • luna

            They don’t need to maintain military superiority, they just need to make passage unsafe.

          • Ron MacDonald

            Should it come to that all sea traffic would be escorted, nothing would get near it.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    The whole point of BCF’s war against Iran mainly has to do with the hostage crisis of 1979 and that nation becoming independent and free. The IMF order and the US fake democracy is the problem. This clip does summarize what the US’s end goal truly is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IjmwakADXw

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      The negotiations also seem fake because the fact is on the side the US has put sanctions on Iran and Obama has launched wars against Syria, an Iranian ally and now Yemen, so the truth is the US does launch coups and does overthrow governments. The fact is Gorbachev was right that the US never wanted independence after the fall of the Soviet Union and is accelerating the world to war. What I find fascinating is the amount of people on the BCF site that claim to be Christian and want a rapturist war and claim to be religious. More like Satanist! More like also rewriting the Bible to suit one’s ideology!

      • Destroyer-Drone

        Hey, moron.

        What happened to US & French servicemen stationed in Beirut in 1983?

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          I never brought up that but the US and the West have a long history of imperialism and they at the same time pretend to not be imperialist. Perhaps the West ought to look at themselves. Don’t forget the crises of Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan. The West has a long history of regime change and creating more messes. Yet at the same time still these leaders use war to win elections, create chaos and divide the public. I don’t want that “Drone” and neither should you. I mean does BCF and its supporters support a WW3 scenario?

          • luna

            Read more, write less.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            Also I wonder how religious someone is when they divide and have so much hatred.

          • Clausewitz

            So you’re questioning Islam then? They seem to be the world leaders in religious inspired hatred, or are you that deluded?

          • Minicapt

            Given that we win, what’s the problem?
            Do you understand that imbecility is not a communicable disease?

            Cheers

          • Destroyer-Drone

            More anti-Western drivel.

            Every world power does ‘imperialism’ one way or another, especially Iran: which totally screwed up Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen already. True though, America is the main Western country in denial about its own hegemony, that’s a recurrent problem and Niall Ferguson wrote a whole book about that and I fully agree with his views on said subject: we should affirm our supremacy and make the Resterners bite the dust.

            Oh by the way, Iran killed over 300 US & French soldiers in ’83 via its proxy terrorist group known as Hizbullah in Beirut. Trying to make the Iranians look like poor victims of evil Western imperialism won’t work on here.

            The Islamic Republic of Iran is islam’s version of the USSR. It is a subversive, aggressive jihadi State. And the non-islamic world ought not to go soft on them. Unfortunately for us, we’re doing just that.

  • Xavier

    Any deal is for the benefit of Obama’s legacy; it will make no difference in Iran’s nuclear bomb acquisition program.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      Despite what you may think Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is controlled by his backers, special interest groups and other groups just like the Republicans. I understand that demonization makes one feel good due to the anger created by not wanting Obama in the White House, but the fact is presidents are figureheads. What would be more beneficial is a democracy with multiple parties rather than the two-party dictatorship that the US has had for decades in fact for 150 years. There is also no proof Iran is making a nuclear weapon. That is just making it easier for a confrontation which the interventionists on both sides in the US want, meaning both parties. The fact is there are liberal interventionists in the Democratic party and neoconservatives in the Republican party. I feel right now it is inevitable.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        America defined is a corporatocracy.

      • luna

        You don’t build nuclear facilities inside mountains if they are for peaceful purposes.

        • Xavier

          Or reject snap inspections.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            I am trying to bring up real legitimate issues here like would a war with Iran draw in Russia and China? Would it cause major collapse throughout the West? Would it massively drive up interest rates? There are many factors that could arise from it. No one is ever talking about it. I will agree that building a program in the mountains does create issues but the question is what is allowed for each nation to have and what of national sovereignty? I do not wish to play the evil versus good game because that is not how we should construct a foreign policy as a nation or multiple nations.

          • Xavier

            I wonder who else will, not would, be drawn in too. A nuclear armed Iran is inevitable and the only questions I have are who they will supply with nuclear weapons – ISIS or Hamas – and whether the U.S. or Israel will be targeted first.

          • luna

            Hezbollah.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            Remember inspectors are there and no one wants a repeat of the Hans Blix redux 2.0.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            One has to wonder if the bill will be extended even more. Iran has cooperated fully to the terms based on what Internet media and small media has said. If the West were truly for a resolution, this would have ended long ago. I feel that to appease Israel the US could just shut down the talks and then Iran will realize they were taken for a ride. Remember that Obama cares more about the election of 2016 than about whether he gets a deal with Iran. That is also proven by the fact that the sanctions will not be dropped. Normalizing relations benefit both countries. I just don’t see how war is in anyone’s best interests.

          • Xavier

            Obama doesn’t give a rat’s ass about 2016, he only cares about his legacy – and by your previous comment his handlers are in charge anyway so what does it matter what he wants?

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            I am saying it based on what John Kerry said because he said that if Iran is showing they are not cooperating and not being in good faith then the deal is off. That proves right then and there that the US does control the debate because there is still some semblance of neutrality despite what Fox News says and the same with theBlaze. The US is very much following that mentality of it is still the world’s sole superpower. Sorry to disappoint everyone but China is growing and so is Russia. I mean I prefer a multi-polar world myself.

          • TotallyPeeved

            So you believe what john fucking kerry says? What the hell is wrong with you?

          • luna

            Those who continue to maintain that Iran can be dealt with as if it functions according to Western norms should carefully note that the closing sentence of the Iranian constitution’s preamble expresses “the hope that this century will witness the establishment of a universal holy government and the downfall of all others.”
            http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2010/10/12/detailed-analysis-iran%E2%80%99s-constitution

      • Xavier

        As a matter of fact, I agree with you that Obama is at least partially a puppet – but so is nearly every other politician in Washington. As for the multi-party system, perhaps that discussion deserves its own thread but I will tell you this: after a lifetime of voting a straight GOP ticket… never again. Let it burn.

      • Xavier

        “There is also no proof Iran is making a nuclear weapon.”

        That’s the point, isn’t it? The proof will be the irradiation of Charleston Harbor.

    • Exile1981

      No deal would mean everyone knows Iran is racing towards the bomb while a deal would give an air of legitimacy in the eyes of the idiots and trolls to what Iran is doing and when they do drop the bomb on a neighbor the media can act surprised.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama posed it as “This, or the fucking Jews will kill us all!!!”

    • luna

      Did Obama elude to a Jewish threat to U.S.?

      • Hard Little Machine

        Everything is/will be Israel’s fault. They are eeeeeevulll! Period. 1 million percent. That’s what his flying monkeys have been cackling for weeks.

  • Xavier

    You know, sometimes think that troll really is Billy Bob Thornton. He’s not the sharpest tool in the Hollywood shed.