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NYT: Step Towards Curbing Iran’s Nuke Progress

From the New York Times:

A Step, if Modest, Toward Slowing Iran’s Weapons Capability

By DAVID E. SANGER | November 23, 2013

WASHINGTON — The interim accord struck with Iran on Sunday interrupts the country’s nuclear progress for the first time in nearly a decade, but requires Iran to make only a modest down payment on the central problem.

The deal does not roll back the vast majority of the advances Iran has made in the past five years, which have drastically shortened what nuclear experts call its “dash time” to a bomb — the minimum time it would take to build a weapon if Iran’s supreme leader or military decided to pursue that path. Lengthening that period, so that the United States and its allies would have time to react, is the ultimate goal of President Obama’s negotiating team…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has described the terms of the accord announced early Sunday as a “bad deal” that does not require Iran “to take apart even one centrifuge.” That bitter assessment reflects the deep suspicion inside Mr. Netanyahu’s government that Mr. Obama will settle for a final agreement that leaves Iran a few screwdriver turns short of a weapon…

Who cares, as long as it takes the attention away from Obama-Care for a few days.

Iran’s agreement to convert or dilute the fuel stocks that are closest to weapons grade, Mr. Obama said, means that the deal would “cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.” But it would cut them off only temporarily, long enough to pursue negotiations without fear that Iran would use the time to inch closer to a weapons capability.

And we will know they are doing this, how?

But the rollback he won for this first stage, according to American intelligence estimates, would slow Iran’s dash time by only a month to a few months…

So it’s useless, really.

Mr. Kerry and his chief negotiator, Wendy Sherman, say they have no illusions that the interim agreement solves the Iranian nuclear problem. It simply creates time and space for the real negotiations, they say, where the goal will be to convince Iranian leaders that the only way to get the most crippling sanctions — those that have cut the country’s oil revenue in half — lifted is to dismantle large parts of a program on which they have spent billions of dollars and staked national pride…

What a laugh. Yes, they are going to use their new $11 billion dollars a year to dismantle their nuclear program. Which is why they just announced they are going to build two more reactors.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Iran to Build Two More Nuclear Plants

By Adam Kredo | November 24, 2013

Iranian officials announced the upcoming construction of two new nuclear plants on Saturday, just hours before the United States and Western nations signed a nuclear pact that will allow Iran to continue enriching uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.

Senior Iranian officials said that they are ready to build a second and third nuclear reactor in addition to the one currently operated in tandem with Russia, according to state-run media reports…

Our good friends, the Russians. (Who build Iran’s first nuclear reactor, the Bushehr plant.)

Iran is currently on pace to produce uranium via the Bushehr nuclear plant, which was engineered in part by the Russians… Russia recently signed an agreement with Tehran to help it build new nuclear power plants as early as 2014.

The nuclear announcement was made just before Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western leaders signed an interim nuclear deal with Iran that will provide it around $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions…

The United States will also suspend “certain sanctions on gold and precious metals, Iran’s auto sector, and Iran’s petrochemical exports, potentially providing Iran approximately $1.5 billion in revenue.” Iran could earn another $4.2 billion in oil revenue under the deal…

And that extra $11 billion dollars will allow their nuclear research for medical purposes to really flourish. (Russia doesn’t even help the enemies of the US for free.)

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