Ray Takeyh has a piece in the Washington Post today claiming that Iran was choosing "poverty over nuclear disarmament" and furthermore that Iran was somehow dishonest in its past dealings with the European Union.
"Between 2003 and 2005, while the Europeans negotiated a suspension of
Iran’s program, Tehran continued to accumulate nuclear materials and
hone its research skills and, when it was ready, abandoned its pledges."
This is utter nonsense that is contrary to the actual, well-known history of the Paris Agreement fiasco.
But first, what "nuclear disarmament" is he talking about, since there is no nuclear armaments program to begin with? Even the US intelligence community has consistently stated that there's no nuclear weapons program in Iran, and that the Iranian authorities have made no decision to seek nuclear weapons.
But regarding the negotiations with the Europeans, it was in fact Iran that was cheated. The Iranians had made clear to the Europeans that they would not accept any deal that required Iran to give up enrichment, and the Europeans agreed to this, even though they had at the same time agreed with the US not to respect Iran's right to enrichment. They tried to drag on the negotiations as long as possible, during which time Iran had in fact suspended enrichment entirely as verified by the IAEA but Iran eventually grew tired of the foot-dragging by the EU-3 and restarted its enrichment program -- after about 2.5 years. It was the EU3 and not Iran which had been dishonest in that affair, a fact pointed out by Peter Osborne
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While the Right in the US attacked the deal that the Europeans had negotiated with Iran, Iran had in fact abided by the terms of that agreement first by suspending enrichment itself and then later by suspending even "enrichment-related" activities such as the manufacture of centrifuges. This suspension was verified by the IAEA itself.
The claim that Iran somehow duped the Europeans in the Paris Agreement talks contrary to the known facts, since "honing its research skills" was not a violation of the agreement -- a fact pointed out by Peter Jenkins who was the British representative to the talks: Did Hassan Rouhani Dupe Europe in 2003?
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