Aresu Eqbali (Tehran) and Asa Fitch (Dubai), “Iran Legislation Seeks to Bar Inspections of Military Sites Under a Nuclear Deal; U.S. and other world powers not likely to accept condition,” Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2015 (7:18 p.m. ET).
There appears to be a growing possibikity that the negotiating tactics of Iran, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, could undermine the essential trust that will be required for any nuclear deal with Iran to be approved in the United States, gain traction, and lead to the lifting of sanctions against Iran.
Whatever games Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is playing domestically, whatever “bazar” negotiating tactics he may be using, and however weak he thinks Barack Obama may be in the nuclear negotiations, he should know that many in the United States who were initially inclined to favor a straightforward and transparent deal with Iran, are beginning to feel that Iran and Khamenei cannot be trusted, no matter what a final paper agreement may say.
Moreover, however much Barack Obama may want a deal with Iran, he will not succeed in lifting sanctions against that country if a majority in the U.S. and in the Congress come to the conclusion Khamenei is not dealing in good faith, and that the deal is not a good deal for nuclear non-proliferation, the United States, or the Middle East.
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