February 17, 2015

In Nuke Deal, U.S. Suggests Iran Keep 6,500 Centrifuges

This is Secretary of State John Kerry’s hardball negotiation with Iran: The U.S. offered to Iran that it keep 6,500 centrifuges to enrich uranium as part of the deal. In a sense, it’s progress, as Iran now runs 19,000 centrifuges – that we know about. James Acton, senior associate of the Nuclear Policy Program at Carnegie, says everyone worries that Iran will have a “nuclear breakout.” Instead, Acton writes the U.S. should be worried about Iran simply creating a separate, clandestine nuclear program for the purpose of building The Bomb, and so, it should trade more above-board nuclear infrastructure for more access. But while this may be the strategy Kerry is employing, he’s alienating Israel by doing it. Israel, which knows the true threat of a nuclear Iran, believes a nuclear-free Iran is the only way to go. That’s why it’s leaking the proposals Kerry floats during the negotiations. Israel is no friend of the Obama administration. However, it’s a friend of a stable Middle East. More…

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