Iran-powers nuclear deal: A question of sincerity

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ink on the agreement signed between Iran and the five veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (Group 5+1) in Geneva on November 24 had not dried yet when US Secretary of State John Kerry denied the deal had recognized Iran’s right to enrich uranium.

Shortly after the deal was announced on Sunday, US President Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone to alleviate his concerns and invite an Israeli security delegation to Washington to survey the comprehensive deal the West hopes to reach with Tehran over the next six months.

Obama reassured Netanyahu that the United States “will remain firm in our commitment to Israel”.

Secretary of State John Kerry in an aim to appease Netanyahu told reporters in Geneva that the comprehensive agreement will make the world safer … and Israel safer.

Bibi, who had dispatched senior officials from his cabinet to the US to lobby against an agreement with Iran, sounded not convinced. He blasted the interim deal as a “historic mistake,”  vowing that he would do everything in his power to derail the deal.

Some hours later, the White House published a “fact sheet” alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement clinched between Iran and sextet in Geneva about the content of the agreement, which was then contested by Iran’s Foreign Ministry as inaccurate, misleading and “one-sided interpretation”.

In this “fact-sheet” there is no indication to Iran’s peaceful nuclear rights, including the right to enrich uranium preserved in the articles of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Unfortunately, some media outlets translated and released this fact sheet, which was contrary to the reality, as the text of the Geneva agreement.

Whilst, the White House “fact-sheet” claims that Iran has committed to halt progress of its stockpile of 3.5% low enriched uranium, the original text of the nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany underlines that Tehran will not enrich uranium over 5% within the next six months.

Lambasting the US move, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham pointed out that every word and sentence of the text has been compiled based on the considerations of all sides and one of the reasons behind the prolongation of these negotiations was the care put into choosing and inserting words in the text of the Joint Action Plan, particularly by the negotiating delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The fact is that Iran as the most democratic and most stable country in the Middle East has never sought to build nuclear weapons and will never do so because it runs counter to the very principles it has been built upon.

The Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the production and proliferation of nuclear weapons describing the pursuit, acquisition and use of the nuclear weapons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.

It is crystal clear that the Israeli regime is behind these hues and cries and the US has modified the text of the Geneva agreement under the pressure of the Zionists that are always trying to hinder the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Yet, this US measure has raised many questions regarding its sincerity and may dim the hope that the other party would abide by the letter and spirit of the deal and implement it to the satisfaction of both sides.

By Fars News Agency 


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