The latest hurdle in Iran nuclear negotiations has been passed this week, as the framework for an agreement set for June 30th has finally been announced.
Iran is agreeing to cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by a significant 98%, while abandoning close to two-thirds of its centrifuges, in what would be a devastating curb to its nuclear program. In exchange, the US and EU will be removing the bulk of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, which has crippled the country over recent years.
This is a great deal for everyone involved, as Iran can still enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, while eliminating fears from abroad that they were developing nuclear weapons. But of course, it couldn’t be that simple, as critics were quick to undermine any deal that fails to completely eradicate the program.
Non-surprisingly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the center of this opposition, saying “such a deal would not block Iran’s path to the bomb. It would pave it.” Netanyahu spoke against the deal last month before the US Congress, which shares his negative sentiment. The Republican-run body is not in favor of any agreement that is made without their approval, and, as clearly illustrated by their treasonous letter to Iran, they feel they can break the deal as soon as a new administration moves into the White House.
In such an event the United States would clearly be the one to blame for whatever happens next, which unfortunately includes the possibility of another war in the region. Thankfully some, including the leaders of both Iran and the US, don’t want this. “Some think that we must either fight the world or surrender to world powers,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “We say it is neither of those, there is a third way. We can have co-operation with the world.”
Tis a sad day when such a statement isn’t unanimous.