Negotiations between Iran, the United States, and other nations hit a snag Friday when the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader disputed some of the key points of the framework agreed to. The parties involved have until June 30 to reach a final deal.
Last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran, the United States, and five other world powers reached a “framework agreement” on Iran’s nuclear program. The consequences of the sanctions imposed upon the nation have left them crippled economically, USA Today reported. The Guardian outlined what the framework would consist of:
- Iran’s infrastructure for uranium enrichment will be reduced by more than two thirds, from 19,000 installed centrifuges to 6,104, of which only 5,060 will be used for uranium enrichment, for a period of 10 years.
- Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium will be reduced by 98 percent to 300 kg for a period of 15 years.
- Iran’s heavy water reactor will be redesigned so it produces only tiny amounts of plutonium.
- Iran’s underground enrichment plant at Fordow will be turned into a research center for medical and scientific work.
- Iran will be open to enhanced inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for 20 years.
American and European leaders would not say when the sanctions would be lifted specifically. But in a speech Friday, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, demanded they be lifted as soon as an agreement is reached. “Instant annulment of all sanction is one of the demands of our officials,” Khamenei declared.
This issue is very important, and the sanctions must all be completely removed on the day of the agreement… Should the removal of the sanctions be related to a process, the foundation of the negotiations would be senseless, since the goal of the negotiations was to remove the sanctions.
The supreme leader also said he is “neither in favor nor opposed to it” regarding a deal “since nothing has happened yet.” Still, Khamenei objected to the IAEA inspections:
One must absolutely not allow infiltration of the security and defense realm of the state on the pretext of inspection[s], and the military authorities of the state are not under any circumstance allowed to let in foreigners to this realm under the pretext of inspection, or stop the country’s defense development.
Any unconventional inspection or monitoring which would make Iran into a special case, would not be acceptable, and the monitoring must only be as monitoring regimes taking place all over the world and nothing more.
h/t: The Weekly Standard
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