Ken Blackwell, former Cincinnati mayor, writes for Townhall, and is of the opinion that the deal made is too lenient regarding the possible military dimensions of their prior nuclear work. This was made crystal clear by the Associated Press’s recent exposé on the agreement signed between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with regards to inspection of Parchin, the military base suspected of being the venue for tests of high explosives used in nuclear detonation.
A fact left unnoticed by the West was the one that the IAEA counterpart in the agreement was Ali Hosseini-Tash, deputy secretary for Strategic Affairs at the Supreme National Security Council. The prominent Iranian dissident movement the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has revealed that Hosseini-Tash is an IRGC Brigadier General who has played a key role in Tehran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons, especially at a time when the Parchin tests were known to be happening.
However it is not only Iran’s past deception and its continued reliance on key figures in that deception that makes the Islamic Republic a poor prospect for negotiations. It is also Tehran’s continued advocating of terrorism and its direct military interference in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and so on and its atrocious human rights records that also contribute to it being a poor choice as a dealing partner.
In the words of John F Kennedy who famously said:
“We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.”
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