Iranian President Crows Deal
Recognizes Country’s Nuclear Status
By IPT News
July 16, 2015
The Investigative Project on Terrorism
superpowers now recognize a nuclear Iran, the Islamic Republic's President
Hassan Rouhani claimed Tuesday immediately after the announcement of an
agreement over Iran's nuclear weapons program.
boasted that Iran will maintain over 6,000 centrifuges, according to a Middle
East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translation
of his speech published by Tasnim news agency.
"a day when, historically, the largest countries in the world and the
superpowers officially recognized Iran's nuclear activity," Rouhani said
after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was released between Iran and the
P5+1 in Vienna.
Iran, he said,
accomplished its four main objectives from the negotiations.
first was to continue the nuclear capabilities, the nuclear technology, and even
the nuclear activity. The second was to remove the mistaken, oppressive, and
inhuman sanctions. The third was to remove the Security Council resolutions that
we see as illegitimate. The fourth was to remove the nuclear dossier from
Chapter VII of the UN Charter and the Security Council in general."
importantly, Rouhani outlined specific concessions won from the P5+1 over
nuclear centrifuges Iran will be allowed to retain.
start of the negotiations, the other side would tell us that during the period
of restrictions – which today is set at eight years – Iran could have only
100 centrifuges. After many deliberations, they arrived at 1,000. Because of
great opposition [on our part], they said 4,000 and that this would not change.
Today, the agreement is carried out under conditions that state that [Iran] will
retain over 6,000 centrifuges, over 5,000 of which will be at Natanz and over
1,000 at Fordo. All centrifuges at Natanz will continue to enrich
negotiations envisioned no centrifuges at the Fordo uranium enrichment plant,
but "I will be brief and say that today, over 1,000 centrifuges will be
installed at Fordo, and part of Fordo will be used for R&D on stable
devoted part of his address to highlighting P5+1 capitulations. For example,
initial demands limited Iran for 20 years, with negotiators insisting "'we
will not capitulate any more.' But in the final days of the negotiations, they
went down to eight years."
described similar success in eliminating economic sanctions against Iran and in
ending arms embargoes.
Rouhani, it went from "'Months must pass and you must earn [our] trust so
that later the sanctions can be gradually frozen – not lifted,'" to his
boast that, "Today I announce to the Iranian nation that under this
agreement, on the day the agreement is implemented all the sanctions – even
the embargo on weapons, missiles, and proliferation – will be lifted as stated
in the [Security Council] resolution. All the financial and banking sanctions,
and those related to insurance, transportation, petrochemical [industries],
precious metals, and all economic sanctions will be completely lifted, not
frozen. Even the arms embargo will be stopped. There will be a type of
restrictions for five years, and after that they will be lifted."
important to note that issues related to Iran's human rights record and global
sponsorship of terrorism were not part of the negotiations. Many experts and
critics of the deal believe that sanction
relief and the lifting of weapons embargos will enable the Islamic Republic
to enhance its regional hegemonic ambitions and international
concluded his address by mocking Israel's criticism of the negotiations.
Iranians are happy, he said, "but also the people in Gaza, the West Bank,
Jerusalem, and Lebanon are happy too because the hollow efforts of the
oppressive Zionist regime to thwart the negotiations during the past 23 months
have failed... And finally, [to the] nations of the region and neighboring
countries: Do not be misled by the propaganda of the Zionist regime and the
evil-mongers of this [Iranian] nation. Iran and its might are always your might.
We see the security of the region as our security, and the stability of the
region as our stability."
Republic has consistently called for the destruction of the Jewish state and
remains committed to "wiping
Israel off the map."
most Sunni Arab countries, particularly in the Gulf, are highly skeptical of
this agreement and fear a nuclear Iran will be further emboldened to increase
its destabilizing presence in the region.