What a total disaster!
Negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran is crazy and it’s on Barack Obama’s hands – this and what comes after it.
One day and probably one day soon, Iran will invade the Middle East in fulfilment of the prophecy recorded in Daniel 8. Nuclear weapons would be a boon to that end.
It’s pretty clear that Iran wants to rule the Middle East and that dream won’t just disappear so that Obama can have a supposed foreign policy success on his record. Their pursuit of nukes will not stop.
Here’s the report:
Iran and six major world powers have reached a nuclear deal, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.
Under the deal with Iran — agreed to by the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Russia, France and Germany — sanctions imposed by the US, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Tehran agreeing to long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.
Reaching a deal is a major policy victory for both United States president Barack Obama and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist elected two years ago on a vow to reduce Iran’s diplomatic isolation.
Both men face scepticism from powerful hardliners at home after decades of enmity between countries that referred to each other as “the Great Satan” and a member of the “axis of evil”.
Mr Obama said the deal offered a chance to move in a “new direction” in relations with Tehran, but promised a sceptical Israel that Washington would not abandon it.
“Our differences are real. The difficult history between the nations cannot be ignored. It is possible to change,” Mr Obama said.
“This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it.”
The US president nevertheless promised to “continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel’s security, efforts that go beyond what any administration has done before”.
Mr Rouhani pledged Iran “will never seek a nuclear weapon, with or without the implementation” of the deal.
He said live on state television that such weapons were “against our religion” and contradicted a decree from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei barring the pursuit of an atomic bomb.
Mr Rouhani reiterated the point later in his speech, promising regional countries suspicious of Iran’s nuclear program that it has never and will not “seek to pressure” its neighbours.
‘We are starting a new chapter of hope’
Final talks in Vienna involved nearly three weeks of intense round-the-clock negotiations between US secretary of state John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“I believe this is a historic moment,” Mr Zarif told a joint news conference.
Timeline of the 13-year stand-off
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“We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody but it is what we could accomplish and it is an important achievement for all of us.
“Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope. Let’s build on that.”
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the deal was about more than just the nuclear matter.
“It is a decision that can open the way to a new chapter in international relations and show that diplomacy, coordination, cooperation can overcome decades of tensions and confrontations,” she said.
“I think this is a sign of hope for the entire world.”
Western diplomats said under the final agreement, Iran had accepted a “snapback” mechanism, under which some sanctions could be reinstated in 65 days if it violated the deal.
A UN weapons embargo will remain in place for five years and a ban on buying missile technology will remain for eight years.
Israel slams deal as ‘bad mistake of historic proportions’
But hostility to the agreement from Washington’s closest ally in the Middle East was immediate.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “a bad mistake of historic proportions”.
“Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world,” he said.
“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons.”
Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Twitter: “This deal is a historic surrender by the West to the axis of evil headed by Iran.
“Israel will act with all means to try and stop the agreement being ratified.”
A deal will still face scrutiny by the US Congress, controlled by opposition Republicans who are sceptical of the Obama administration’s overtures to a country that has been an enemy since Iranian revolutionaries stormed the US embassy in Tehran in 1979.
US allies in the region, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia, are also worried about an agreement that would benefit Iran.
Tehran does not recognise Israel and supports its enemies. Arab states ruled by Sunni Muslims, particularly Saudi Arabia, believe Iran supports their foes in wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
But there is also strong reason for the US to improve its relations with Iran, as the two countries face a common foe in Islamic State, the Sunni Muslim militant group that has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq.
For Iran, the end of sanctions could bring a rapid economic boom by lifting restrictions that have drastically cut its oil exports and hurt its imports.
The prospect of a deal has helped push down global oil prices because of the possibility that Iranian supply could return to the market.
Netanyahu is right and in time we will all see that, guaranteed.
Peace for our time, indeed.