U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks at his phone as he leaves a meeting in Vienna November 21, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger
A Bad Deal Gets Worse -- Lee Smith, Weekly Standard
As we go to press, the White House has reportedly offered Iran a deal regarding its nuclear program, a framework agreement with details to be worked out in the coming months. However, even as the interim agreement is set to expire November 24, it seems the Iranians have not responded to the Obama administration’s offer. And why would they? The White House has made it clear it wants a deal more than the Islamic Republic does. Under the circumstances, why wouldn’t Tehran wait to see how many more U.S. concessions it can extract?
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My Comment: "Trust but verified" has been the cornerstone of all international nuclear agreements .... a condition that Iran has been consistently refusing to agree to when it comes to UN inspections of it's military facilities that are suspected of conducting nuclear weapons development. As long as this position by Iran holds .... I fail to see how such an agreement can be agreed to by the Western powers .... unless Washington makes the decision to completely cave-in to Iran's demands .... and the other Western powers fall into agreement. But for the moment .... I just do not see that happening.
Update: My original prediction on what will happen this week with these talks still holds .... an announcement on Monday that great progress has been made (without providing details), and a new extension to the talks will be decided upon.