posted at 16:00
Author Name: Armin Rosen
Why Iran Rejected Nuclear Deal
The nuclear negotiations between Iran and a US-led group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program have once again fallen short. The Wall Street Journal reported that the P5+1 was no longer demanding the closure of Iran's heavy water reactor at Arak - a facility capable of producing weaponized plutonium -a nd didn't plan on using the deal to scale back Iran's ballistic missile program. So why didn't Iran take it? And given that the negotiations have gone on for over a year now - with a White House committed to a negotiated way out of the nuclear impasse - what else does Iran really think it can get out of the process? It's easier, from that perspective, for Iranian negotiators to keep extending the talks rather than dealing with the implications of a final deal, especially when Iran will be allowed to access an additional $700 million a month in frozen assets as long as the talks continue. Iran has always used the possibility of near-term concessions to keep the west interested in negotiating - while slowly building its program and resisting a final resolution to the nuclear issue. Moore recalled the 2004 Paris Agreement between Iran and three EU countries, in which Tehran agreed to curtail certain aspects of its nuclear program. The deal came around the same time Iran agreed to the International Atomic Energy Agency's additional protocols for nuclear monitoring. The Vienna extension suggests that Iran doesn't really see much urgency in completing a deal - or even that only one side thinks there's much of a benefit to a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

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