It’s common sense that inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities is a cornerstone to Barack Obama’s spectacular nuclear deal. How do we know if they are keeping their end of the bargain? What does Iran have to hide if it allows inspections? Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, “They say new things in the negotiations. Regarding inspections, we have said that we will not let foreigners inspect any military center.” If Iran were to weaponize its fissile material, it could do it at a military base. Furthermore, Khamenei said he would not allow the West to even talk to its nuclear scientists. “They say the right to interview nuclear scientists must be given,” Khameni said. “This means interrogation. I will not let foreigners come and talk to scientists and dear children of the nation who have developed this science up to this level.” But Iran’s refusal of transparency is lost on the Obama administration. John Kerry has already moved onto the next diplomatic Gordian knot. Kerry said during a press conference in South Korea, “Our hopes are that if we can, at the end of June, succeed in achieving an agreement with Iran, perhaps that can serve as an example to North Korea about a better way to move, a better way to try to behave, a more legitimate entry road to the global community and to the norms of international behavior.” Peace in our time, just keep hope alive.
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