While President Obama continues to desperately push this country into a lousy nuke deal with Iran, while Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues to point out that everything the US is demanding will be unacceptable to him.
On Tuesday he ruled out freezing sensitive nuclear research work in the country for a long time and said sanctions imposed on it should be lifted as soon it reaches a final deal with major power both. Each of the ruled out elements were part of the April second framework announced by John Kerry and President Obama.
The P5+1 want Iran to commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear development work as part of a landmark atomic deal they aim to reach by June 30.
“Freezing Iran’s Research and Development (R&D) for a long time like 10 or 12 years is not acceptable,” Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live.
Disputes over how much transparency Iran should offer to ease suspicions that it has covertly sought to develop nuclear bombs, and the timing and pace of relief from sanctions imposed on Tehran, have been two major sticking points to the final deal.
“All financial and economic sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. Congress or the U.S. government should be lifted immediately when we sign a nuclear agreement,” Khamenei said.
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been trying to investigate Western allegations that Iran has been working on designing a nuclear warhead. Iran says that its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is working with the IAEA to clear up any suspicions.
Khamenei voiced trust in Iran’s negotiating team but, echoing hardline Iranian military commanders, also ruled out international access to Iran’s military sites.
“Inspection of our military sites is out of the question and is one of our red lines,” he said.
In related news a shocking report by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake of Bloomberg indicates that the United States military is not only sharing a base in Iraq for the Iran-backed militias (that in the past killed American heroes), but they’re also using the USAF to provide air support. For that report click here.