As Deadline Nears, Khamenei Lays Out Impossible Red Lines for Nuclear Talks


iran-nuke-talksBy D. Bender

Some six weeks before the conclusion of crucial nuclear talks between P5+1 world powers and Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a Twitter feed he is believed to operate, posted a graphic laying out 11 non-negotiable “red lines,” beyond which his country’s negotiators would, presumably, not budge.

“During the past year, Ayatollah Khamenei, in line with his support for the Iranian negotiators, has also stressed on the Iranian nation’s rights and has called it necessary to observe the red lines in the course of the nuclear talks,” the infographic, which was posted on Sunday, said.

The talks with the P5+1 include the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia – the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

The list, essentially, rules out any agreement acceptable to the west, and particularly, Israel.

In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran missed an August 25 deadline, by which time Tehran was obligated to clarify five issues connected to developing nuclear weapons.

Newly released satellite imagery of Parchin plant in Iran. Photo: GEOEYE-ISIS.

The tweet comes days after a reports surfaced of a mysterious massive blast and fire which gutted parts of the Parchin nuclear facility, some 30 kilometers southeast of Tehran. Western analysts believe the site conducted high-explosives tests, connected with developing triggers for nuclear weapons.

Following are the 11 points:

  • The “nuclear science movement should not come to a halt or even slow down.”
  • The “Iranian delegation should insist on continuing nuclear research and development.”
  • “No one has the right to bargain over nuclear achievements and no one will do so.”
  • “Our delegation should not accept any impositions from the other side.”
  • The “International Atomic Energy Agency should establish normal and non-extraordinary relations with Iran.”
  • “Officials should have meetings and talks at the level of foreign minsters.”
  • “Protecting an organization like Fordow which the enemy is not able to destroy and is inaccessible to them.”
  • “Supplying the final needs of the country’s enrichment capacity, which is 190 thousand SWUS” (separative work units for uranium enrichment).
  • “Basic needs of the country and some issues like the sanctions should not be tied to the nuclear talks.”
  • “These talks are only centered on the nuclear issue and not anything else.”
  • “As long as Americans continue their enmity and their hostile remarks about Iran, interactions with them will bear no practicality.”

On October 1, at a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the danger of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.

“Iran seeks a deal that would lift the tough sanctions that you worked so hard to put in place and leave it as a threshold nuclear power,” Netanyahu told Obama during a press conference before their private meeting in the Oval Office. “And I firmly hope under your leadership that would not happen.”

Speaking at the UN General Assembly on September 29, Netanyahu declared that “The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium. This would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power. And in the future, at the time of its choosing, Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

Dissidents have said in recent days, that some of the weapons research work that was carried out at Parchin, has been transferred elsewhere.

The Algemeiner Journal