Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A message (or two) from Iran

Power Line  . . . "By the time we reach the phrase “we agreed on parameters” in the second sentence of the column, we have reached the end of the line for true words. It was only last week when Zarif’s ultimate boss blasted Obama for “lying” about the White House fact sheet setting forth the parameters. See Tom Joscelyn’s Weekly Standard column reporting the relevant comments. Who ya gonna believe, John Kerry’s friend or the man they call the Supreme Leader?

"What’s the message to be deciphered in the opening of Zarif’s column regarding the conclusion of a nuclear deal? The United States will have to make additional concessions to those it has already made, and Iran expects it to do so. Thus Zarif’s second sentence could be refashion to assert “we will agree on parameters.” Obama himself has made that clear.

"With Zarif’s reference to the “audacity” required to seal the deal, we have another piece of the message from Iran. The Iranian regime has Obama’s number and its leading foreign diplomat does not hesitate to display the regime’s contempt for the Times’s favorite Supreme Leader courtesy of the Times itself."

 Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of 'Lying,' Being 'Deceptive,' and Having 'Devilish' Intentions
 . . . "In his talk today, Khamenei also drew limits on the inspectors’ hypothetical reach inside Iran. “No unconventional inspection that’d place Iran under special monitoring is acceptable. Foreign monitoring on ‪#Iran’s security isn’t allowed,” his social media team quoted him as saying.

"Khamenei drew red lines around Iran’s military sites, which are at the heart of the dispute over the regime’s nuclear work. “The country’s military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries…or [to] stop the country’s defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection,” Khamenei said.

"Obama administration officials, including the president, have said that they had work to do to conclude a deal. But Obama himself presented the “framework” as a “historic understanding” between the two sides.

"There is no evidence in Khamenei’s rhetoric that this is true."

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