After missing deadline, Iran nuke talks to resume next month
After failing to reach an agreement by the November 24 deadline, negotiators trying to come to an agreement with Iran to curtail its nuclear program will meet next month in an undetermined location to continue the talks.
The two sides are far apart on several crucial issues, so it's hard to see how extending the talks will make a difference. Iran won't come clean about their efforts in the past to build a bomb, nor will they forswear enriching uranium beyond the 5% level. There are also issues with inspection protocols that Iran refuses to accept.
But you can see where this is heading: a total cave in to Iran by the West in order to reach a deal.
Iran and six world powers are expected to break off negotiations on Monday and meet again next month after missing a deadline to clinch a final deal to resolve their 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, diplomatic sources said.
Details about the resumption of negotiations were still being worked out, though one source said on condition of anonymity that Iran could not expect any new sanctions relief for the time being. Possible venues could include Vienna and Oman, one of the sources said, though nothing had been decided.
"Given progress made this weekend, talks headed to likely extension with experts and negotiating teams reconvening in December at a yet-to-be-determined location," a Western diplomat said in an email. The diplomat declined to be identified.
The deadline for a deal, agreed in July when the two sides missed an earlier target date, was Monday.
"Some progress has been made," said another diplomat involved in the talks. "But we need to discuss some issues with our capitals. We will meet again before the new year. This is an ongoing process."
Here's what Reuters thinks will be the impact of a deal with Iran:
The talks in Vienna aim for a deal that could transform the Middle East, open the door to ending economic sanctions on Iran and start to bring a nation of 76 million people in from the cold after decades of hostility with the West.
Better than sliced bread, eh? I've got news for Reuters: Iran doesn't want to "come in from the cold." They like it out there. They glory in it. It's how the government of Iran controls its population. It's how any despotic government controls its people.
As for "transforming the Middle East," they got that right – just not the way they think. A nuclear deal will set off a nuclear arms race between Iran and Sunni Arab kingdoms. Do you think Saudi Arabia is going to trust Iran to abide by any deal? I thought so.
Obama will get his deal, but at what cost? It is extremely unlikely that a Republican Senate would approve a treaty, which means the president probably won't even submit it for ratification. That will set up another constitutional confrontation when the president seeks to implement it.