According to the Daily Mail, members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany have been locked in talks with Iran for months over concerns that the country is developing nuclear technology and weapons. For the second time this year, negotiators have failed to resolve a 12-year dispute over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have agreed to extend talks for another seven months.
NEWSMAX reported that Israel is considering the use of military power if the final negotiation does not meet with its approval. This threat has be thwarted off until at least June of next year, when the permanent members of the council hope to reach an agreement.
“Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of a crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provide the only logical exit,” said an Israeli government source as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met several times with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif. He stated that Zarif has approached the negotiations in good faith. “We have made and real and substantial progress and we have seen new ideas surface,” Kerry said.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the only points of difference were about technical details. “All the people involved here feel that there really is a chance to find out a way to work with each other and we are going to take that chance,” he said.
The proposal that is in the works will restrict Iran’s nuclear power for 10 years and limit its ability to produce weapons-grade material. In addition, it will require Iran to give its materials to Russia to be converted for peaceful use and will mandate require stringent inspections.
However, Israel is expressing concern over the proposal, noting “our intelligence agencies are not perfect” and the Iran nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom were not discovered for years.
The P5+1 group, comprised of the six world powers of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany, have implied that they may be willing to omit the requirement that Iran fully divulge secret weapons work.
Israel officials see this as a “sunset clause” that defeats the purpose of the proposal. “You’ve not dismantled the infrastructure, you’ve basically tried to put limits that you think you are going to be monitored by inspectors and intelligence. And the after this set period of time, Iran is basically free to do whatever it wants,” a source said.
The Daily Mail reported that the Obama administration disagrees and stated that “following successful implementation of the final step of the comprehensive solution for its duration, the Iranian nuclear program will be treated in the same manner as that of any non-nuclear weapon state party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty with an emphasis on non-nuclear weapons.”