Secretary of State John Kerry who is emceeing the great American giveaway to Iran, is staying in Lausanne another day. The deadline wasn’t a deadline and the administration is now saying it was never the real deadline. It appears a deal is near however though that changes hour-by-hour.
Iran has been demanding that all sanctions be lifted as the first step before they even agree to a framework.
“We insist that all the economic, financial and crude sanctions be canceled in the first step of the agreement and a specific framework be drawn for (the removal of) those embargoes that are related to other sectors,” lead negotiator, Sayed Aragachi said.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said they have made good progress in the talks, but the P5+1 lacks the will.
Hami Baeidinejad, the director general for political and international security affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry said, however, that they have reached agreement on the sanctions and only minor issues are left, according to Tehran Daily.
Baeidinejad told the Press TV correspondent that oil, gas, and banking sanctions will be lifted as soon as a comprehensive deal is implemented.
“The termination of oil sanctions, gas sanctions, financial banking… many of them have been resolved… But still there are a limited number of areas that are still under negotiations, which we hope we can resolve them and then we can admit that the whole issue of sanctions is resolved.”
The U.S. and France say they will not end sanctions as a first step.
Iran doesn’t want anything written down.
Will we ever know what’s going on?
While the negotiations are going on, Iran is putting guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior Israeli Defense Ministry official said Tuesday, according to Jerusalem Post.
Col. Aviram Hasson, who is involved in preparing IDF air defenses, described Iran as a “train engine that is not stopping for a moment. It is manufacturing new and advanced ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. It is turning unguided rockets that had an accuracy range of kilometers into weapons that are accurate to within meters.”
Hezbollah, he continued, “is getting a lot of accurate weapons from Iran. It is in a very different place compared to the Second Lebanon War in 2006.”
One of Iran’s commanders, Reza Naqdi, said Tuesday that Iran will destroy Israel and that is “nonnegotiable.”
In an interview on Al Manar TV on September 16, 2012 and translated by MEMRI, Naqdi said that Jerusalem has been on the minds of Iranians for many years and they are just waiting for the right moment.
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke out in response to Naqdi’s comments and said that allowing the murderous regime to drop a bomb is non-negotiable.
Sen. John McCain, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, suggested Israel go rogue.
“The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue. Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful U.S. patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.”