|Working in the bowels of the Iranian nuclear effort [Image Source]|
How confident should we be that the nuclear threat from the Iranian regime is being well managed?
"Not under any circumstances... We have managed to secure very considerable prowess with regards to the fabrication of centrifuges... We are not afraid of threats... And the language of threats is ineffective when it comes to Iran. The language they need to choose should be a legal one, a respectful tone of voice when addressing the Iranian people. " [CNN]
"The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitments..." Iran will not be dismantling its centrifuges. “We will not accept any limitations," Rouhani said Iran's need for medical isotopes necessitated a heavy water reactor.
|Rouhani in Davos this week [Image Source]|
a diplomatic "train wreck... The Iranian conception of what the deal is going to look like and the American conception now look like they are miles apart. The Iranian conception seems to be they produce as much nuclear energy as they want, but it is a civilian program, and you can have as much monitoring as inspections as you want. The American position is that they have to very substantially scale back the enrichment of uranium and the production of centrifuges. Now, for the fist time you have the president of Iran unequivocally saying, there will be no destruction of centrifuges. He also make clear in the interview with me that the two heavy water reactors would continue in operation... I'm not even quite sure what they're going to talk about if these are the opening positions. And it's very hard to walk back from as absolute is a position as the president of Iran laid out." [CNN]