Iran supreme leader pans P5+1 offer as ‘minor’ compromise | The Times of Israel

Iran supreme leader pans P5+1 offer as ‘minor’ compromiseTehran’s negotiator called last week’s offer to ease sanctions a ‘turning point,’ but Khamenei says it is not a major stepBy Asher Zeiger and Times of Israel staff March 7, 2013, 6:40 pm 1 Email Print ShareIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a public gathering in the northeastern city of Bojnurd, Iran, in October photo credit: AP/Office of the Supreme LeaderIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a public gathering in the northeastern city of Bojnurd, Iran, in October photo credit: AP/Office of the Supreme LeaderRelated Topics Iran’s nuclear program Ali Khamenei Saeed JaliliIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday blasted recent concessions offered by the West in exchange for Tehran pulling back its nuclear program, saying they were “minor and unimportant.”The statement ran in direct contravention to statements by negotiators on both sides, who called the offer an important turning point.Last week, the P5+1 group of nations — the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany – wrapped up a two-day summit in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, offering an easing of some sanctions in exchange for curbs on uranium enrichment.Iran is supposed to respond to the offer at the followup meeting next month, but the statement from Khamenei, who determines the country’s policies, may offer a preview of Iranian intransigence on the issue.Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top official at the summit, called the offer a “turning point” by world powers in the search for a compromise on the Iranian quest for nuclear capability.However, Khameini said that the West did nothing more than acknowledge a small portion of Iran’s national rights. He added that the next round of talks, scheduled to take place again in Kazakhstan in early April, will test the sincerity of the world powers.On Wednesday, Joseph MacManus, the chief US delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, accused Iran of “deception, defiance and delay” in addressing international concerns about its nuclear activities. He also suggested that the US might push for tougher diplomatic action in the coming months.The P5+1 offer, which was seen as a breakthrough after over a year of failed talks, would allow Iran to keep a limited amount of highly enriched uranium, but not make any more. The offer stopped short of demanding the full shutdown of the underground nuclear facility at Fordo, and offered to remove some trade sanctions that have hurt Iran’s economy.An Israeli official was also critical of the West’s offered compromise, telling AFP on Saturday that “the only thing that was achieved in these talks was to give Iran more time to move ahead in its quest for a nuclear weapon.”In Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, President Shimon Peres told European Commission head Juan Manuel Barrosso that sanctions on Iran have accomplished more than was expected, but have not yet accomplished the goal.“Iran is threatening the world not only because of its pursuit of nuclear weapons but also with its blatant disregard for human rights and the killing of innocent people,” he said. “Protecting human rights is not just for our children but also for the wellbeing of Iranians.”Iran denies that it wants nuclear weapons, saying its program is for energy and medical research.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. artaxes Says:

    This is it.
    Seems like the mullahs don’t want a deal

    Here is my very conservative calculation based on the ISIS-analysis and the IAEA report from Feb. 2013.

    As of Feb. 10 2013 Iran has produced a total of 280 Kg Uranium enriched to 20%.
    Of these 280 Kg they have diverted 111 Kg for reactor fuel plate production and 1.6 Kg for other uses (50 Kg converted so far).

    That means they had in Feb. about 167 Kg Uranium.

    240 Kg Israeli red line
    – 167 Kg
    = 73 Kg Uranium needed for crossing the red line

    Average total monthly production is 15.5 Kg (10 Kg in Fordow)

    That means that the Israeli red line is crossed at the latest
    on these days

    Feb. 10 + 141 days = July 1, 2013 (Fordow operational)
    Feb. 10 + 398 days = March 15, 2014 (Fordow not operational)

    Keep in mind that up to Jan 2013(and allegedly in Feb 2013) only 700 of 2700 centrifuges were operational at Fordow.
    The theoretical max. production of Fordow is then 38.6 Kg per month.

    As I said, this is a very conservative calculation.
    An increase in the production of enriched Uranium is very likely but it is also possible that they divert more Uranium for fuel plate production.

    Unless the mullahs give in at the last moment, it is unavoidable, that either Israel acts by July or that they come up with a REALLY convincing explanations why no action is necessary.

    What do you think?
    When will the red line be crossed? (or ist already crossed?)

    I’d like to hear your opinion.

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