Skip to comments.Iran says to continue building at Arak nuclear site despite deal (in open violation of agreement)
Posted on 11/27/2013 8:51:32 AM PST by Dave346
Iran will pursue construction at the Arak heavy-water reactor, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying on Wednesday, despite a deal with world powers to shelve a project they fear could yield plutonium for atomic bombs.
France, one of the six powers that negotiated Sunday's interim pact with Iran to curb its disputed nuclear program, said in response to Zarif's statement that Tehran had to keep to what was agreed in the Geneva talks.
The uncompleted research reactor emerged as one of several big stumbling blocks in the marathon negotiations, in which Iran agreed to restrain its atomic activities for six months in return for limited sanctions relief. The agreement is intended to buy time for talks on a final settlement of the dispute.
Western powers fear Arak could be a source of plutonium - one of two materials, along with highly enriched uranium, that can be used for the core of a nuclear weapon - once it is operational. Iran says it would produce medical isotopes only.
According to the agreed text, Iran said it would not make "any further advances of its activities" on the Arak reactor, under construction near a western Iranian town with that name.
"Capacity at the Arak site is not going to increase. It means no new nuclear fuel will be produced and no new installations will be installed, but construction will continue there," Zarif told parliament in translated comments broadcast on Iran's Press TV.
When asked about this, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said: "In the interim accord, the Arak reactor is specifically targeted and the end of all work at this reactor. In the agreement and the text, which has been approved by the Iranian authorities, the Arak reactor is clearly targeted."
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Just like North Korea “That’s your deal, not ours”
“France, one of the six powers that negotiated Sunday’s interim pact with Iran to curb its disputed nuclear program, said in response to Zarif’s statement that Tehran had to keep to what was agreed in the Geneva talks.”
Yeah, sure. Thank you for playing.....
Other than Obama and Kerry is anyone surprised?
My guess is John F’n Kerry didn’t read the arabic
translation of the agreement.
"TEHRAN/ SANFRANSISO - Iranian Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht confirmed the release of $8bln of Irans blocked assets by the US administration."
See how al-Reuters sanitizes Obama right out of fault or blame. Just like Stalin had Leon Trotsky airbrushed out of a photo.
Poof... not Obama connection to the Iranian fiasco.
Yet another glowing example of the monumental ignorance and stupidity of the treasonous jug-eared moron and horse-faced dumba$$... nice job, idiots.
Well, that didn’t take long. Why am I not surprised?
Nothing like 20 years of precedent to convince them. It's the impotence of power.
When you think about it, it's an interesting strategy to sign an agreement, accept the benefits ($8 billion in unfrozen assets), and then see how much you can violate it. They'll say the language is unclear, while boasting to their populace how they've fooled the West.
Curious as to what the response is to this from the Iranian negotiator... you know, the one that works for the 0’ administration, the one born there, the one that had the Iranian interests in mind during “negotiations”.
Americans approve by 2-1.
Cause if we can't say, "or else!", what good is an agreement ?
I think ofumbles should go on TV and accuse them of wee weein' their whiney pants and threaten to take away their allowance if they don't "straighten up and fly right"
Obama and Kerry are not surprised. This agreement was strictly for domestic political reasons (resurrect Obama's tarnished image) and to prevent Israel from launching an attack against Iran's nuclear facilities. It kicks the can six months down the road and will set the stage for another phony agreement to kick the can further. They are following the NK template set up by Clinton. It will take years before we find out the Iranians have been cheating.