Several weeks ago the United States of America finished negotiations with a mistrusting and hard to negotiate with partner in the form of the Islamic Republic of Iran, leading to a nuclear agreement that is met with skepticism by the allies of the U.S including Saudi Arabia and with outrage by Israel. Irrelevant to the way that the administration tries to portray the deal it is a bad one for the United States. The deal fails at its main objective of shutting down all pathways for Tehran reaching its dream of getting a nuclear arsenal. The method of keeping check on the regime and verifying their devotion to the deal is full of loopholes in light of the history of the regimes deception and concealment through the past two decades. The 24 day advance notice before inspection of the undesignated sites is simply illogical.
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.”