Talks resume after Iranians’ walkout while senators plan more sanctions

posted at 2:31 pm on December 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last week, the White House — in seeking to reassure the bipartisan group of senators still gunning for, at the very least, a legislative signal to Iranians that they will have zero foibles about increasing sanctions pressure should Iran fail to get a move on with those nuclear concessions they recently promised — announced that they planned to crackdown on a list of more than two dozen people and companies who’ve been pulling a run-around on current sanctions.

The Iranians, evidently, were unappreciative of the gesture, and so very rudely interrupted the talks going down in Vienna last week by pulling their diplomats to reconvene back in Tehran. As Reuters reports, those talks over a potential interim deal resumed on Thursday…

Iran and six world powers will resume talks in Geneva on Thursday about how to implement a landmark nuclear agreement, a week after Tehran broke off the discussions in anger at an expanding U.S. sanctions blacklist.

Under the November 24 interim accord, Iran will curb its disputed nuclear program in exchange for a limited easing of sanctions that are damaging its oil-dependent economy. …

Diplomats said the task was complicated but that progress had been made during the December 9-12 meeting in Vienna, even though differences remained. They said there was a real political will on both sides to carry out the agreement.

…but under a rather more downcast diplomatic outlook. Says the LA Times:

Three weeks after President Obama hailed a landmark deal to suspend most of Iran’s nuclear program for the next six months, the mood among U.S. officials about the next round of negotiations has shifted from elated to somber, even gloomy.

“I wouldn’t say [chances of success are] more than 50-50,” Obama said last week. U.S. officials are “very skeptical” that Iran will accept Western demands, said his lead negotiator, Wendy R. Sherman.

The shift, officials say, is the result of a growing recognition of the compromises each side must make to resolve the decade-old impasse over Western suspicion that Iran will someday try to build nuclear weapons and the Iranian demand that the sanctions crippling its economy be lifted. …

“We can now identify all the main issues involved in the final deal,” said David Albright, a former United Nations nuclear inspector who heads the nonpartisan Institute for Science and International Security in Washington. “That doesn’t mean we can resolve them.”

When talks resume next month, “we still don’t know which Iran is going to show up: the one that cooperates or the one that nickels and dimes you,” Albright said.

That ostensibly cooperative side of Iran, however, has some work to do if even just the possibility of new sanctions is enough for them to throw a hissyfit (if they have every intention of negotiating in good faith on their end of the deal, one might wonder why it would matter quite so much) — which is probably why the aforementioned group of senators is proceeding with new legislation undeterred:

A bipartisan group of senators is preparing to defy the White House by introducing new Iran sanctions legislation as early as Thursday or Friday that would increase pressure on Iran if it fails to meet its obligations under the interim deal signed last month.

“The bill is bipartisan, has growing support, and because of that growing support, it may take another day,” said Adam Sharon, spokesman for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez.

The Senate bill, which is being written by Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., proposes future sanctions that go into effect only if Iran violates the interim deal or the deal falls apart, Sharon said in an e-mail.

“They still get their sanctions relief, no new penalties are passed by Congress, and all parties are given the space to keep negotiating,” he said.


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if they have every intention of negotiating in good faith on their end of the deal, why should it matter, hmm?

For the same reasons that there wouldn’t be sanctions if they really were just into nukes for power production. This is a clumsy version of the Camp David Accords where a failed President does some legacy building by meaningless negotiations.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Just waiting for the bombs to start dropping on Iran … till then #StandWithPhil

;->

PolAgnostic on December 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

You lie down with dogs, you’re gonna get fleas. Obama and Kerry are going to be two flea bitten, miserable, mangy mutts for the next six months…..

….and they will achieve nothing.

MichaelGabriel on December 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hey I thought John “Failure” Kerry said this was a done deal already!

Johnnyreb on December 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Obama would rather Iran have nukes, than Americans have coal.

birdwatcher on December 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on new Iran sanctions bill: This is a responsible, bipartisan bill to protect the American people from Iranian deception – @ChadPergram
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canopfor on December 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

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10 Democratic committee chairs warn Sen. Bob Menendez’ Iran sanction bill could disrupt ongoing nuclear negotiations – @HuffPostPol
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canopfor on December 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Say Whats!!
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on new Iran sanctions bill: ‘We don’t want to see actions that actively undermine American diplomacy’ – live video
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canopfor on December 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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President Obama would veto new bill introduced in Senate on Iran sanctions if it passed, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says – @NBCNews
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canopfor on December 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

President Obama would veto new bill introduced in Senate on Iran sanctions if it passed, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says – @NBCNews

Has Obama forgotten that he needs Senate ratification of any treaty negotiated with a foreign country?

If Obama has lost the support of Senator Menendez, he doesn’t have a prayer of ratification of any agreement with Iran, which wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s written on.

Kerry shouldn’t waste his time in Geneva, and should go back to Cambodia for Christmas.

Steve Z on December 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The Senate bill, which is being written by Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., proposes future sanctions that go into effect only if Iran violates the interim deal or the deal falls apart, Sharon said in an e-mail.

In other words, good to go.

nobar on December 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

There is only ONE acceptable “deal” to lift the sanctions which were applied by UN Security Council Resolutions.

Iran STOPS ALL enrichment, stops all work on the plutonium plant, and allows unfettered inspections. ONCE ALL THAT is done and verified, then and ONLY then do the first pennies of frozen assets release.

Obama is giving away the store for nothing. Is there nothing at which he is an incompetent fraud? Can he do anything right?

Adjoran on December 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

As I have said elsewhere, now we know why they gave Kerry his third Purple Heart and sent his ass home, before he got everybody killed. I recommend this be done again.

drunyan8315 on December 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Last week, the White House — in seeking to reassure the bipartisan group of senators still gunning for, at the very least, a legislative signal to Iranians that they will have zero foibles about increasing sanctions pressure should Iran fail to get a move on with those nuclear concessions they recently promised — announced that they planned to crackdown on a list of more than two dozen people and companies who’ve been pulling a run-around on current sanctions.

(Emphasis added.)

“Qualms,” not “foibles.” Also “no,” not “zero.”

Gene Hunt on December 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM