In a major setback to stop Iran from nuclear capability, the US has agreed to drop its key demand to inspect Iran’s nuclear sites. A bad deal has now become much worse.
In a stunning development, the US has agreed to Iran’s demand to drop inspections of nuclear sites from any final deal over its nuclear program, according to Israel’s Channel 1. The goal of the talks involving Iran and the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia is a deal that would limit Tehran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
According to the New York Times, Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final word on all public matters in Iran, demanded that most sanctions be lifted before Tehran has dismantled part of its nuclear infrastructure and before international inspectors verify that the country is beginning to meet its commitments.
He also ruled out any freeze on Iran’s sensitive nuclear enrichment for as long as a decade, and he repeated his refusal to allow inspections of Iranian military sites.
Reports have also surfaced that US President Barack Obama has sent a private letter to Iran’s leadership. Its contents have yet to be disclosed.