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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another Columbian Disappointment Over Iran's Nuclear Capabilities

Nadene Goldfoot
President Obama has renegged on the US-Israeli understandings they had reached before their Istanbul talks between the 6 powers and Iran on April Saturday, 14th.. This was disclosed April 16th. causing a rift between Obama and Netanyahu. This is because the US went ahead on its own and agreed to more meetings in Baghdad next month when this was supposed to be the last one.

Obama has corrected reporters at a news conference at the end of the Western Hemisphere summit in Cartagenia, Colombia that “The notion that somehow we’ve given something away or a “freebie” would indicate Iran has gotten something. In fact, they’ve got some of the toughest sanctions that they’re going to be facing coming up in just a few months if they don’t take advantage of these talks.”

Israel was concerned with “time” that was involved. American and Israeli officials had preceded the Istanbut talks with an understanding for the US to put before Iran agreed demands or concessions. Iran would be allowed to keep 1,000 centrifuges for the low-level enrichment of uranium up to 3.5% purity. This was the first time that Israel had accepted the principle of Iran enriching uranium at any grade at all.

Israel and Washington also agreed that Iran would not be permitted to keep 20% enriched uranium because this is just a short step before weapons-grade of any quantity. These understandings are known as the 1,000 principle, the final upshot of negotiating with Iran.

The outcome was that the US did not present any of the agreed demands or any other. This made Netanyahu feel misled which brought about his sharp reaction. Israel suspects that the US has granted Iran far more concessions on its nuclear program than Israel can find acceptable.

Perhaps it wasn’t just the security men that were enjoying their time in Columbia with their prostitutes. It looks like a lot of betrayal for Israel in this event, which means its life or death.

I’d say that the Columbia trip was a complete washout!


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