16reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unsurprisingly hailed the nuclear agreement struck with US-led world powers, and derided the “failed” efforts of the “warmongering Zionists.” His delight, Iran’s delight, is readily understandable.
12. Has the Iranian leadership agreed to stop inciting hatred among its people against Israel and the United States and to stop its relentless calls for the annihilation of Israel? No. (This kind of non-nuclear issue was not discussed at the negotiations.)
No wonder Iran and its allies are celebrating. Nobody else should be
CIA chief says criticism of Iran deal'disingenuous'
Washington (AFP) - CIA director John Brennan gave a staunch defense of the framework nuclear deal with Iran, calling some criticism of the accord "disingenuous" while expressing surprise at Tehran's concessions
"I must tell you the individuals who say this deal provides a pathway for Iran to a bomb are being wholly disingenuous, in my view, if they know the facts, understand what's required for a (nuclear) program," Brennan told an audience at Harvard University
The outline deal announced last week would see the United States and the European Union lift all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in exchange for a 98-percent cut in Iran's stocks of highly enriched uranium for 15 years
The accord would mean "cutting off pathways not just to uranium enrichment but to plutonium enrichment" and include a "very intrusive inspection regime," Brennan said
"I certainly am pleasantly surprised that the Iranians have agreed to so much here
"In terms of the inspections regime, the reduction as far as the centrifuges, the stockpile, what they're doing with the Arak reactor -- all of that I think is really quite surprising and quite good
Citing Tehran's "concessions," including agreeing to a dramatic reduction of centrifuges, Brennan said: "Boy, nobody ever thought they would do that at the beginning
Some critics were less focused on Iran's nuclear program and more on the effect of lifting sanctions, as they worry it will allow Tehran to "cause more trouble throughout the area," Brennan said
That was a legitimate concern, he said. But the framework deal itself offered a way of curtailing any attempt by Iran to build nuclear weapons and is "as solid as you can get," he said
US and allied intelligence agencies would be closely monitoring how Iran implemented any deal and there was no expectation that Tehran would alter its stance in the region, he said
- 'Reasonable' Rouhani -
It was unclear if the pragmatic approach demonstrated by President Hassan Rouhani on the nuclear negotiations would "migrate to other areas of Iranian foreign policy," he said
"I think we'll see. But I don't think this is going to lead to a light switch when all of a sudden the Iranians are going to become passive, docile in the region, no
Brennan, a career intelligence officer who served as President Barack Obama's counter-terrorism adviser before taking over at the spy agency, said Iran's attitude on the issue had changed since Obama entered office six years ago mainly because sanctions had hit the country's economy hard, he said
New leadership under Rouhani, who was a "more reasonable" figure, also provided an opening. Apparently recognizing the threat posed by the sanctions, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave a green light to Rouhani to try to broker a deal, Brennan said.
If the talks failed, Khamenei could then blame Rouhani and his foreign minister for the result, he added
The CIA chief also suggested obliquely that digital sabotage on Iran's uranium enrichment work had played a role
Asked by New York Times reporter David Sanger if the cyber attack was a factor, Brennan said: "I think their inability to progress certainly helped slow that program
Sanger in 2012 broke the story of Stuxnet, a US-Israeli effort to undermine Iran's nuclear program with a damaging computer worm.
Brennan made a joking reference to Sanger's articles, saying: "I wouldn't attribute your reporting to helping that franklyhttp://news.yahoo.com/cia-chief-says-criticism-iran-deal-disingenuous-013549674.html
Former CIA director James Woolsey who served under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1995, sharply criticized the current nuclear deal set to be announced between Iran and world powers, Israel’s NRG reportedon Monday.
His comments were made in an interview with radio talk show host Aaron Klein.
Woolsey said that under the current terms of a deal, Tehran would be granted access to $150 billion of frozen funds which would allow it to considerably further its terrorist activities across the globe as well as its pursuit of nuclear technology
Woolsey said that the deal “is not restricting terrorism by Iranian-backed entities such as Hamas or … any others, and it is not moving us toward any important restrictions on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons
According to the former spy chief, neither the negotiations nor any agreement that grows out of them will “substantively … do anything to stop the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon.” He described the deal as worse than worthless
He also noted that all the goals set by Washington for itself, like preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability, enriching uranium, or allowing for inspectors to enter the country’s nuclear facilities, have not been met
“All of these are gone,” said Woolsey. “We’ve been negotiating with ourselves. Since the Iranians won’t make any changes in the directions we needed, I guess the administration’s negotiators or the administration itself, decided we would negotiate with ourselves – and we have defeated ourselves. We have conceded to the Iranians virtually all of the major points in the negotiation
Woolsey currently serves as the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank and is a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Board of Advisers