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Iran's Chief Negotiator: We Win

7:01 AM, Jan 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Iran's chief negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, who helped his country secure the nuclear deal with the U.S. and other Western countries, is claiming victory.

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“No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,” Araqchi recently said, explaining the deal in an interview with the propaganda organ the Iranian Students News Agency. “All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”

The nuclear deal is supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. But if the chief negotiator for Iran is to be believed, his country's pursuit will continue, practically unchanged. 

The deal was praised by President Obama at the White House yesterday who told Americans to "give peace a chance."

In the same interview, Iran's chief negotiator also revealed that there is a "secret side deal" that's part of the greater nuclear deal, the Los Angeles Times reports:

"Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday.

"Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.

"In the interview, Araqchi referred to the side agreement using the English word 'nonpaper,' a diplomatic term used for an informal side agreement that doesn’t have to be disclosed publicly.

"The nonpaper deals with such important details as the operation of a joint commission to oversee how the deal is implemented and Iran’s right to continue nuclear research and development during the next several months, he said."

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