It is my intention to present the facts, as culled from a list of periodicals and magazines; listed in the text of my Post , along with the conclusions we can reasonably expect.
1. Does Iran have any Nuclear Power Plants? According to the ” World Nuclear Association” , representing the people and organizations of the Global nuclear profession. Their most recent article, Nuclear Power in Iran, updated 11/13, states, one large nuclear power plant has started up in Iran and has just been grid connected.
Other plants have been proposed, but they have not been built, since the designated sites sit on seismic faults along the Mediterranean . Fukushima on the Mediterranean is not a thought for consideration.
Russia has been a partner in the Iranian nuclear program since 1994. In 2005, Russia signed an agreement with Iran, assuring fuel for the Bushehr Plant and it’s eventual removal to Russia once the fuel was used. Based on the Russian Iranian agreement there is no justification for enrichment locally. This plant is currently not operating.
Though Iran has one power plant on line, it is not accountable to the IAEA CONVENTION OF NUCLEAR SAFETY.
2. Iran has signed but not ratified The Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty. The UN committee has found Iran to be in non compliance over 22 years. They have pursued the enrichment of uranium and plutonium exclusively for the production of Nuclear Weapons. On 3/24/13 The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing sanctions on Iran and reaffirming that Iran must take steps to suspend it’s uranium enrichment . To date No Verification of Iran’s extensive enrichment program has taken place? Nor has it’s heavy water facility been reviewed?
While flaunting the rules of the Global Community, Iran seeks a relief of sanctions imposed by the Global Community for acting in bad faith. Unlike North Korea, Iran possesses ICBM MISSILES which will be capable of delivering nuclear tipped warheads. Additionally, they are active in destabilizing the Middle East by providing Jihadists to support regimes.
All this leads me to the next question? How much money will the monetary sanctions add to their GDP? On the flip side, how much money has been spent on nuclear enrichment for weapons? For missile development ? For exporting Jihadists? HOW DOES WEAPON DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY , AND exporting JIHADISTS , EFFECT THE Iranian GDP?
The Iranian people are on the verge of revolt, Foreign Affaires Magazine 2013 and Financial Times, dates reflected in my prior articles ( 9/28-102/13) . They have been told to blame the West and Israel for the sanctions which deprive them of food and a middle class standard of living. A little disingenuous since , the FINANCIAL TIMES this year, doubted the effectiveness of the sanctions due to Iran’s extensive use of money laundering ? So what’s draining the Iranian coffers? Weapons and Jihadists? Do they have a right to work outside the rules of the Global Community? That’s what’s being decided. Rather then rewarding them for continued bad behavior, why not embark upon a plan to bring them into the Community by holding talks with everyone in the Middle East effected directly or indirectly by Iranian Actions. Give those talks, 6-9 months to build up trust while sanctions remain in place and Iran allows the International Community access to their facilities for 100% accountability and cessation of weapon production? ( On 10/1/13, according to the Financial Times, Iran was ready to talk sanction reduction in exchange for 100% dismantling of their weapons? Why the change of heart? Additionally, according to the Foreign Affaires Magazine and the FT on 9/28/13, the window of opportunity for President Hassan Rouhani is 2015, when new elections take place in Iran.). New news via the BBC. President Obama said that an interim agreement, with sanctions left in place , would last 6 months. Mr. Obama also expressed ” caution.”
Proceed with caution, appears appropriate since Iran has been threatening the super powers with the continuation of weapons enrichment, if they don’t take Iran’s win win deal now. This reminds me of a civil divorce, as soon as you send that ” nice lawyer’s” letter to your spouse, suggesting that you meet to reconcile, “all out war follows”. So, the World is between a rock and a hard place, either we comply with Iranian Demands or we’ll be bombed( potentially ), or we don’t comply and who knows what will happen? The Iranian People are the unknown in this equation. We don’t know what proportion of the population believes the Khamenie Hate rhetoric and wants War rather then Peace?
3. Meanwhile, as these talks progress , our Allies ( France, Israel and Saudi Arabia) are feeling “pain and uncertainty”. ( with reason, I just read BASIC, British American Security Council; which white washes Iran while targeting Israel? ) Therefore, It can’t be stressed too often, Trust but verify all Iranian nuclear plans and sites. Have a plan for dismantling their facilities and missile production sites now, before their continued polarization of the Shia Sunni axis draws the entire region into War. ( NY TIMES 11/20/13. Beirut bombs strike at Iran as Assad’s ally)
We want, I believe Peace, let’s take our time to develop a lasting Peace with our eyes open and no denial. The entire Middle East is in play, not just the Group of 5. We always have choices.
4. LOL: According to Sayed Hossein Mousavian, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Foreign Affairs and a contributor to Iran Pulse, has written ” 7 reasons Iran nuclear deal a win win for all parties.” Unfortunately , he’s gotten the wrong message, He believes and fears that every day without an agreement allows Iran to continue enrichment , worse it furthers Iran’s expansionist plans in Syria and Lebanon thru their own Jihadists and thru their puppet, Hizbollah. I can only reiterate, if Iran wants to join the International Community, these actions must cease for meaningful talks on Sanctions to occur. Sounds reasonable to me, what do you think?