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Desperate for Sanctions Relief, Iran Approves Nuclear Deal, but with Conditions

By INU staff

INU - On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Iranian parliament had signaled its “provisional approval” of the July 14 nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of nations. This is to say that the conservative-dominated legislative body is willing to allow the deal to go forward toward official adoption on October 16, complete with the promised restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program, but only provided that Tehran commits to never allowing foreign inspections of its military sites and never conceding to limits on the Iranian ballistic missile or other weapons stockpiles.

Kerry Justifies Opponents’ Fears about Viability of Sanctions Snapback

By INU staff

INU - According to NDTV, the Obama administration referred to several of Iran’s trade partners this week in defending the nuclear agreement and continuing its push for more votes to help defeat a congressional resolution of disapproval that is strongly supported by the Republican majority. In so doing, it may have inadvertently justified some of the criticisms that have been voiced by opponents of the deal over the preceding several weeks.

Nuclear Talks Unlikely to Meet Key Criteria for Verification

By INU staff

INU -Agence France-Presse reported on Monday that International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Director Yukiya Amano had made the latest in a long series of statements commenting on the goals of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1. Those talks are facing a June 30 deadline, and a number of critics and analysts have noted that various persistent points of contention seem to be threatening that deadline.

As Nuclear Talks Resume, Critics Continue Call for Access to Iran’s Military Sites

By INU staff

INU - The Indo-Asian News Service has reported that negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations were set to resume on Wednesday as the parties work toward a June 30 deadline for a final agreement trading sanctions relief for some limits on the Iranian nuclear program. Critics of current Western policy toward Iran continue to express worry that any agreement reached at this point will fall far short of assuring that Iran is kept significantly further away from a nuclear weapon than it is presently.

Iran reject military inspections

A senior member of the Iranian regime’s parliament says no one will be allowed to inspect military sites and demanded that exception must be made in implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in a nuclear deal.

A number of officials of the Iranian regime have made similar comments after the remarks by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano on Tuesday saying that a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 countries would give the agency’s experts the right to push for access to military sites in Iran.

An exception must be made for the inspection of military sites as part of the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the event of a potential final deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog has said it can push for access to military sites in Iran under the terms of a preliminary agreement reached with Tehran, the head of the body told the Associated Press in an interview last week.

The Iranian regime reached an agreement with six world powers on April 2 to allow U.N. inspectors to carry out more intrusive, short-notice inspections under an "additional protocol”.

"In many other countries from time to time we request access to military sites when we have the reason to, so why not Iran?" Yukiya Amano, the director general of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was quoted as saying by AP.

"If we have a reason to request access, we will do so, and in principle Iran has to accept it," he added.

The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say for Iran on any deal, has ruled out any "extraordinary supervision measures" over nuclear activities and said military sites could not be inspected.

 

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