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Posted on 12/10/2013 5:32:57 PM PST by Sub-Driver
December 10, 2013, 05:37 pm Kerry: Iran deal likely to allow enrichment
By Julian Pecquet
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said a final nuclear deal with Iran would likely allow that country to enrich uranium in some capacity, a nonstarter for many lawmakers.
The Obama administration is seeking to convince Congress to delay new sanctions on Iran, arguing they could derail diplomatic talks. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Kerry he could assuage the concerns of Congress and Israel by making sure a final deal precludes Iran from enriching uranium on its own soil.
That deal was on the table a hundred years ago, Kerry answered. But that deal, I'm afraid, has ... been lost.
Kerry said language in an interim deal reached last month in Geneva calls for a final deal in six months that would allow some Iranian enrichment within mutually agreed parameters for practical needs, such as medical research and power generation. He said such a deal would make the U.S. and Israel safer.
At the end of this, I can't tell you they might not have some enrichment, Kerry said, but I can tell you with certainty it will not be possible for them to be able to turn that into a weapons program without our knowing it ... far in advance.
He warned the drive for a nuclear agreement could unravel if lawmakers pass new sanctions.
We're asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and space to negotiate, Kerry said.
This is very delicate diplomatic moment. ... We have an obligation to give these negotiations a chance to succeed.
Kerry said America's negotiating partners Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany could balk if we appear to be going off on a tangent.
The argument failed to convince crucial members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
My concern is that we have bargained away our fundamental position, which is enshrined in six U.N. Security Council Resolutions that Iran should not be enriching and reprocessing in exchange for a false confidence that we can effectively check Irans misuse of these key nuclear bomb-making technologies, said Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the panels chairman.
Iran is not just another country. It simply cant be trusted with enrichment technology because verification efforts can never be foolproof, Royce said. An agreement in which Iran purchases and returns spent nuclear fuel for energy generation is one thing, but allowing enrichment is too high risk, going beyond the lines of realistic international control.
The top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), shared the same concerns. He defended the administration's diplomacy, saying Obama inherited an almost nonexistent strategy from George W. Bush, but expressed serious reservations about the agreement.
But before the hearing began, Kerry and the White House appeared to have succeeded in their effort to keep Congress from passing new sanctions against Iran, though lawmakers said the issue could re-emerge in January.
There is little time for Congress to act on new sanctions with the House finishing work for the year on Friday and the Senate adjourning next week.
I'm inclined to support [Secretary of State] John Kerry and hold off for now, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) told The Hill when asked about a sanctions bill. We'll see. Not this year.
Still, members from both parties on the Foreign Affairs panel expressed disapproval with the interim deal, which lifted $7 billion in sanctions but allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium.
Engel warned the administration would have to convince lawmakers that Iran has abandoned its alleged nuclear weapons program before Congress would ever agree to lift the sanctions that are now in place.
Kerry said the interim deal requires Iran to dilute its 20 percent uranium, which could be further enriched to weapons grade, while stopping work on a plutonium reactor.
While we negotiate ... Iran's nuclear program will not move forward, Kerry said. The interim agreement halts the progress of Iran's nuclear program and rolls it back ... for the first time in nearly 10 years.
He also pushed back against accusations that the deal could cause the disintegration of international sanctions. He said the total amount Iran could get under the deal is less than $7 billion over six months and called higher estimates outlandish and absolutely not true.
Taken together, these first steps will prevent Iran from using the cover of negotiations to continue pursuing its program in secret, Kerry said.
We now have the best chance we've ever had to rigorously test this proposition without losing anything, he said.
Any Iranian deal between Iran and Iranian-born Val and the muslim ‘resident not only is likely to allow enrichment, but perhaps in invisible ink allows Tel Aviv bombing as well.
“That deal was on the table a hundred years ago, Kerry answered. But that deal, I’m afraid, has ... been lost. “
Gee and its almost like we’re not in the drivers seat.
Kerry gets very upset when serious people intrude on his fantasies. He would much rather fly in jets, weave his delusions into “historic agreements” and simply be left alone.
Ye wee stupid beastie
There is NOTHING that the mac daddy sock puppet administration does or says is ever to be believed by any American or world leaders as they are not in the least trustworthy.
But he is not sure as he cannot read Farsi.
I suppose Iran will be selling enriched nuclear fuel to interested third parties for a pretty heafty profit.
I’m very concerned about them, in large doses, giving it away.
Likely? Horse Face doesn’t even know what’s in the deal.
This nuclear "deal" is about as much a deal for Infidels as the knockout game is a game to white people.
Deal.. Game.. LIES.
It's time conservative Congress critters CALL VALERIE JARRETT'S PLACE OF BIRTH OUT LOUD AND CLEAR!!!!