America Talks, the Centrifuges Spin
During the presidential debate devoted to foreign policy in October, President Obama denied a New York Times story alleging that the United States planned to conduct bilateral nuclear negotiations with Iran after the election. But a couple of weeks later, reports surfaced that such talks were already underway with the U.S. being represented by presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett.
While the parties talked, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a new report on Iran, in which it detailed Tehran’s further refusal to cooperate with the United Nations and revealed new evidence about the Iranians’ building a nuclear explosive device. The IAEA reported earlier in the year that Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges enriching uranium and stored them in a hardened underground facility. There is every indication that this latest round of negotiations, like those that preceded it, is another ploy by Iran aimed at buying time to advance its nuclear-weapons program.
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Jonathan Tobin is senior online editor of COMMENTARY.