The current US administration, as predicted, has conceded everything and received nothing in return. Restraining ‘nuclear ambitions’ by continuing to allow them further enrichment is not restraint in the least bit. In the end, whatever gives Israel the proverbial short end of the stick is what will prevail. DEBKAfile had previously reported secret negotiations were already in the making last year (October and November) and has since been vindicated. (Additional sources: Source 1, Source 2)
This is how the West is (going to be) lost.
WASHINGTON – Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday.
Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.
The new agreement, announced over the weekend, sets out a timetable for how Iran and the six nations, led by the United States, will implement a deal reached in November that is aimed at restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
When officials from Iran and the world powers announced that they had completed the implementing agreement, they didn’t release the text of the deal, nor did they acknowledge the existence of an informal addendum.
U.S. officials said Sunday that Iran would be allowed to continue existing research and development projects and with pencil-and-paper design work, but not to advance research with new projects. Araqchi, however, implied that the program would have wide latitude.
“No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,” he said. “All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”
Full article: New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says (LA Times)