Yoko Ono vs. Ayatollah Khomeini
12:46 PM, Jan 14, 2014 • By NOAH POLLAK
- While Rouhani tweets in English about seeking better relations with the U.S., the Supreme Leader and other senior regime officials tell Iranians in Farsi that America is “Satan” and lead crowds in chants of “death to America.”
- The IAEA complains that under the Geneva Agreement it will not be able to sufficiently probe Iranian nuclear weapons research. Meanwhile, during the implementation talks Obama’s negotiators apparently conceded Iran’s right to continue research and development on advanced centrifuges only relevant to a weapons program – but there’s no way to know for sure, because the White House is keeping the implementation agreement a secret.
- Iranian officials are taking a victory lap. Rouhani boasts on Twitter that the “world powers surrendered” to Iran. The chief nuclear negotiator issued this concise summary of the Geneva deal: “No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded. All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”
The White House’s response to this lopsided tally? Speaking at a press conference in Paris, Secretary of State Kerry invited Iran to participate in an upcoming summit on the Syria war that Iran itself is largely responsible for sustaining. “I invite Iran today to join the community of nations, the 30 nations that are already prepared to come, and be a constructive partner for peace.” As President Obama put it, “give peace a chance.”
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