Is an Iranian nuclear deal imminent? (…Again?)

posted at 7:21 pm on November 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The State Department announced this morning that Secretary John Kerry would again be jetting off to Geneva today, for the second time in as many weeks, in order to be on the ground in the event that some kind if ‘initial agreement’ or ‘interim deal’ with the Iranians drops. CNN reports that the foreign-policy chiefs from Britain, France, and China are all flocking to the scene, too, and it appears that diplomats have made some “progress” on at least partially nailing down the outline of possible deal:

Momentum appears to be building for a breakthrough deal on Iran’s nuclear program, with top diplomats flocking to the site of ongoing talks and one Western official saying Friday a deal could be reached “as soon as tonight.” …

The hastily rearranged plans indicate that these Geneva talks are continuing past their scheduled conclusion Friday, though the hopes clearly go beyond just talking.

After talking to Ashton and the U.S. negotiating team, Kerry “made the decision to travel here with the hope that an agreement will be reached,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. …

“It should become clear today if we want to reach to a conclusion in the ongoing round of talks or further negotiation events are needed,” Zarif said, according to ISNA. “Numerically speaking, perhaps 90% of progress has been made, but there (are) one or two issues which are of great significance.”

A major sticking point to an agreement has been Iran’s right to enrich uranium, officials involved in the discussions said.

Hmm… that’s kind of a huge sticking point, I’d say, and it may turn out that this is a lot of hype over nothing; then again, it may turn out that certain diplomats are in such a rush to secure Peace In Our Time that they don’t even care. In the meantime, however, the Senate came out swinging in support of implementing more economic sanctions against Iran in short order, despite the White House’s hardcore lobbying. On Thursday, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he’d hold a standalone vote on a sanctions bill following the Thanksgiving recess, and shortly afterward, a bipartisan group of senators voiced their vociferous support for the move, via Politico:

“A nuclear weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security of the United States and its allies and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability. We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation as soon as possible,” the senators said in a statement.

The group includes top members of the Senate leadership like Democratic No. 3 Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican whip John Cornyn of Texas. The other senators are: Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).


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Hey John, why the long face?

RovesChins on November 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Kerry couldn’t negotiate the price of a cup of coffee. He’ll give the nation away.

thatsafactjack on November 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Hey John, why the long face?

RovesChins on November 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

…some day…he may go to jail?

KOOLAID2 on November 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Peace in our time … Where have I heard that before? Hmmm……

cww on November 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

John Kerry looks like Jay Leno, but this is no laughing matter…

The Nerve on November 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

The group includes top members of the Senate leadership like Democratic No. 3 Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican whip John Cornyn of Texas. The other senators are: Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

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…and it’s no wonder why Marco Rubio has gone squirrelly!

KOOLAID2 on November 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Iran is going to set off a nuclear test before these negotiations are finished.

Freddy on November 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

With this anti-american fool running things in the state department, we are in big damn trouble.

TX-96 on November 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Kerry must be in deep doo-doo if even Upchuck Schumer and Tricky Dick Blumenarse are fighting Kerry’s touchie-feelie nicey-nice with the Iranians. Kerry won’t be able to get “his” treaty past the Senate even without a filibuster…

Why don’t we send Kerry on a one-way flying carpet to Tehran?

Steve Z on November 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

John Kerry looks like Jay Leno, but this is no laughing matter…

The Nerve on November 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Don’t insult Jay Leno like that!!!

Steve Z on November 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I am highly doubtful of Iran negotiating honestly.

sadatoni on November 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

It’s getting close to the holidays, can’t we just send Kerry to Cambodia?

Flange on November 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

O’Barky probably has already has sent his Muzzie Brothers our secrets and a big boatload payload of monetary aid.

viking01 on November 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Does Susan Rice know what Kerry is doing?

kcewa on November 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Iran is going to set off a nuclear test before these negotiations are finished.
Freddy on November 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Their nuclear test site is a place called Tel Aviv. I have it on good authority because, like you, when the Iranians say something I believe them. When the Obama administration, I listen and conclude that the opposite is the truth. Put then together and you have a pretty good idea why Bibi is just a wee but concerned about the hand he has been dealt.

turfmann on November 22, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Oh, and John Kerry is a blithering idiot who couldn’t cross the street without assistance, nevermind hold negotiations with the Iranians.

Someone go dig up Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax. When they failed, the death toll was only, what, 12 million?

With Obama, it’s likely to be worse.

turfmann on November 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Hell, if they evaporate Israel, we can always go all Clinton on their asses and say, um, bomb hell out of their aspirin factory.

Smart Power FTW.

hillbillyjim on November 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Was that Mr. Potato Head?

claudius on November 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Mr. Kerry, would you like to buy a rug? Finest quality.

Mason on November 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Just having the likes of Kerry as secretary of state says volumes about the condition of this poor sick, floundering Republic.

rplat on November 23, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Kerry looks like he left his false teeth at home . . . or the Botox is working overtime? Doesn’t he make you proud?

rplat on November 23, 2013 at 5:25 AM

Sec Lurch is in way over his head even if he can’t recognize that fact. The Iranians are pros at negotiations, Lurch is not. Guess we will have to depend on some real leadership from France…

major dad on November 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I’m sure any deal John Kerry would arrange would involve the subjugation of this here ole awful country, that one that sent those darned awful Army-Navy-Marine guys to Vietnam to shame the descendants of Jennjuss-Khaaan.

Beware what this doofus has “arranged.” I assume there is a lot of hidden-contingencies involved, none of them beneficial to the USA.

Lourdes on November 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Sec Lurch is in way over his head even if he can’t recognize that fact. The Iranians are pros at negotiations, Lurch is not. Guess we will have to depend on some real leadership from France…

major dad on November 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Kerry was just eager to get “John Kerry made this” in there as to history. I doubt he’s too concerned about the baggage-thing called “the USA” except to get it sullied up a bit.

Lourdes on November 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM