Iran announced today — the deadline that had been set for a nuclear deal with the P5+1 but was extended indefinitely, according to the White House — that it doesn’t see a deal to its liking coming through.
Thus, reported the semi-official Fars News Agency, the Islamic Republic is formulating plans to weather tougher expected sanctions after talks crash.
“Given the fact that the Iranian officials have announced that they don’t trust the Americans, we consider a percentage of pessimism for the result of the negotiations and we think that there is a possibility for the talks to fail to end in successful results that we favor and meet our national interests; therefore, we have prepared ourselves for how to administer the country given the severity of the sanctions that will be imposed,” Iran’s Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht told reporters in Tehran.
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Nobakht also underscored that Tehran will not accept any undertakings beyond the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
His comments came [as] an informed source close to the Iran-world powers talks in Vienna strongly dismissed an AFP report claiming that Tehran and the world powers have reached a system to give the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to all allegedly suspect sites in the country, stressing that even the NPT additional protocol does not envisage access to military centers.”The Americans seem to be showing buyer’s remorse after Lausanne agreement. The US may be preparing grounds for failure and blame game,” the Iranian source said.
“Who guarantees the IAEA confidentiality after assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists? Tehran trusted the IAEA with secret informations, and its nuclear scientists were killed by the West. Although the additional protocol does not envisage such visits, Tehran has allowed the IAEA access Parchin twice. Iran received nothing in return when it allowed the IAEA access its Parchin military site,” the source added.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the U.S. pledged to terminate sanctions within six months after talks began, but reneged.
“The Americans changed the 6 months to one year first, and then lengthened the negotiations by making repeated excessive demands and even threats to boost the sanctions and speaking of militarism and on and under the table,” he said.
“Contemplation and study over the trend of the demands made by the Americans shows that they aim to uproot Iran’s nuclear industry and the country’s nuclear essence and change it to a caricature and a window without a content.”
The ayatollah added that while Iran has been seeking to get sanctions lifted, “we see them as an opportunity from a different angle because they have caused us to pay more attention to domestic forces and capacities.”