By Jim Kouri
While President Barack Obama on Thursday hosted a summit of Arab nations at the presidential retreat, it was considered by many to be an exercise in futility due to the highly visible absence of several leaders including those from the Saudi Arabian Kingdom. In the Middle East, the Obama word-fest was overshadowed by a steady stream of messages depicting the U.S. Commander in Chief as basically an empty-suit and someone lacking in strength. The gist of the Iranian message was that Obama is attempting to deceive his own people about a nuclear treaty that contains none of what is claimed by the White House.
What made the summit important was the fact It was the first meeting of these countries with President Obama after the Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. reached a framework for an agreement on limiting Iran’s nuclear program. But while Obama and Kerry were telling the American people and the “Arab street” that they are close to achieving an agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program, the Iranian government’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that contrary to Obama’s and Kerry’s claims, nothing exists in the Iran-U.S. nuclear deal that would allow inspections of Iranian military installations, bases and facilities.
Speaking during an interview with the Iran news network, Fars Agency, Iran’s Envoy Reza Najafi said that nothing is included in the Swiss framework about inspecting Iran’s military sites. “Iran’s issue must be raised at the IAEA as an ordinary case or else it would be impossible to implement an agreement,” Najafi said.
“The IAEA’s announcement that there are no undeclared (nuclear) sites or activities in Iran relates to the implementation of the Additional Protocol – something which is time-consuming,” he added.”This issue, given the volume and type of (nuclear) facilities, has taken several years in other countries,” Najafi said.
The Iranian official also that the removal of the sanctions against Iran must not wait until after the IAEA’s conformation that there are no undeclared nuclear activities in Iran. Najafi also described the IAEA personnel’s duties as being technical in nature, and that the IAEA is only involved to check whether the measures taken by Iran are line with a final deal over the Islamic Republic’s atomic energy program.
He firmly stated, “[European Union and United States] sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program must be lifted as part of a final deal. [Sic] We have not so far permitted inspection of the military centers, and we are not to do so in the future.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.