The United States insists on more intrusive monitoring than Iran is ready to give. With these and other disputes still unresolved, the likelihood that the Tuesday target deadline for an Iran nuclear deal could slip was increasingly growing even before the U.S. confirmation.
The dispute over access surfaced again Sunday, with Iranian Gen. Masoud Jazayeri saying that any inspection by foreigners of Iran’s military centers is prohibited. He said the attempt by the U.S. and its allies to “obtain Iran’s military information for years ... by the pressure of sanctions” will not succeed.
But German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Iran’s “nuclear activities, no matter where they take place,” must be verifiable." Daily Star
I have favored the prospect of a verifiable nuclear arms deal with Iran but in the absence of an ability to inspect anywhere and anytime the US and the others should walk away from the table.
Iranian rhetoric is not empty gesture. Khamenei and his crew want to talk tough while still getting the sanctions lifted. They should not be allowed to have it both ways.
Does Iran actually have a nuclear weapons program? Who knows? But this kind of behavior should not be accepted.
In the present context a deal that does not include inspection anywhere, anytime will be greeted with a firestorm of opposition in the US.
Will this ultimately mean war with Iran? Quite possibly. pl