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    Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    From The New York Times:

    With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehranís stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administrationís contention that the Iranian program had been ďfrozenĒ during that period...

    The overall increase in Iranís stockpile poses a major diplomatic and political challenge for President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew back to the United States from Geneva on Monday for treatment of a broken leg he suffered in a bicycling accident, as they enter a 30-day push to try to complete an agreement by the end of June. In essence, the administration will have to convince Congress and Americaís allies that Iran will shrink its stockpile by 96 percent in a matter of months after a deal is signed, even while it continues to produce new material and has demonstrated little success in reducing its current stockpile.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/world/middleeast/irans-nuclear-stockpile-grows-complicating-negotiations.html

    The story also noted that the IAEA found "no evidence that Iran was racing toward a nuclear weapon." At the same time, neither the news story above or similar accounts in the international media noted that Iran had resolved the two outstanding practical issues. In short, it's a mixed report on the surface. Iran's large increase in its enriched fuel stockpile and very likely failure to resolve the outstanding practical issues do not exactly illustrate a country that is serious about pursuing a fully peaceful nuclear program. Those developments underscore precisely why no viable agreement can permit Iran to have safe harbors that are exempt from international inspection.

    The full report has not yet been posted on the IAEA's website. Once that report is posted in coming days, perhaps just after the IAEA Board's meeting, one will be able to confirm whether or not Iran resolved the outstanding practical issues. Very likely, it didn't, as that detail is sufficiently large that it would have garnered international media coverage.

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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    There's six nations looking over Iran's shoulder, if they all agree to the deal in the end, we should be good to go.
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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    As negotiations approach the June 30 deadline ... Iran has increased its nuclear stockpile at a rate of 1.2% each month over the past 18 months.

    The most likely explanation is that Iran has low-confidence in the P5+1 negotiations and is proceeding accordingly.


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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    There's six nations looking over Iran's shoulder, if they all agree to the deal in the end, we should be good to go.


    This report just confirms what most people thought all along; Iran can't be trusted to comply with any agreement.
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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    As negotiations approach the June 30 deadline ... Iran has increased its nuclear stockpile at a rate of 1.2% each month over the past 18 months.

    The most likely explanation is that Iran has low-confidence in the P5+1 negotiations and is proceeding accordingly.

    Mornin Simplexity. Not to mention Khamenei stated there will be no inspections of any military facilities. Wont be able to talk to their nuke scientists either.

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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Mornin Simplexity. Not to mention Khamenei stated there will be no inspections of any military facilities. Wont be able to talk to their nuke scientists either.
    And yet there are a handful here who insist it is a good deal lol.


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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    And yet there are a handful here who insist it is a good deal lol.
    Yeah most of them lean left. But this is nothing new. Despite that they allege they have smart powers. Of course its nothing but sheer propaganda.

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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Time to find out if the administration is more keen on securing an agreement with a nation with few previous diplomatic ties to the U.S. rather than securing a meaningful agreement. I'm betting the former.
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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    And yet there are a handful here who insist it is a good deal lol.
    Laughing at your strawman! Nobody here has said that. The deal first must be completed, then, it must be agreed upon by all. If it is agreed upon by all, then those of us who have been supportive of the process want to see it implemented and monitored to see if in fact it keeps Iran in the peaceful purposes only nuclear program, at which time we will conclude that it was in fact, a good deal. However, as the president has repeated, sometimes to purposely deaf ears, is that if Iran breaks out for the weapon, there will still be sufficient time to do what all the neo-cons have been wanting to do since the first time that freak uttered, "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran"
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    Re: Iranís Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations

    Quote Originally Posted by Μολὼν λαβέ View Post


    This report just confirms what most people thought all along; Iran can't be trusted to comply with any agreement.
    Because they aren't complying with a non existent standard?
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