Iran is currently enjoying a “window” of time before the six-month deal signed in Geneva on Sunday goes into effect, during which it is not bound to take any credible steps toward disabling its ability to produce a nuclear weapon, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Tuesday.
“The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement,” Psaki said Tuesday. “Obviously, once those technical discussions are worked through, I guess the clock would start.”
Not only has the six-month interim agreement not yet come into effect, but also Iran is free to proceed with its military program at full speed until the deal’s final “technical” details have been worked out. Experts have also said the agreement leaves the Iranians the ability to manufacture crucial components for their nuclear program outside the Arak facility and install them if the site is reopened.
According to Prof. Asher Susser of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University: “An important historical shift is now reaching its climax. The Middle East’s center has shifted from the Arab countries to the Persian Gulf. And when the U.S. permits Iranian hegemony, it projects onto the situation in Syria, Iraq and other places.”
According to Susser, if these processes continue, the Arab countries will have no choice but to tighten bonds with Iran. “They won’t like it but they may not have any other alternative.”