July 2, 2015 | Quoted by The Tower
Despite Deadline Extension, Iran and West Far Apart on Details of Nuke Deal
Although the West and Iran agreed to extend nuclear negotiations a week past the June 30 deadline, major differences still exist between the two sides, USA Today reported Tuesday.
Iran has publicly rejected allowing international nuclear inspectors into military sites, and has demanded immediate sanctions relief. According to a fact sheet released by the White House after the previous round of negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran had agreed to give the International Atomic Energy Agency “much greater access and information regarding Iran’s nuclear program, including both declared and undeclared facilities.” The West also insists that sanctions relief should be conditioned on Iranian compliance with the emerging nuclear deal.
Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told USA Today that the “fundamental gaps” in the positions enunciated by the United States and Iran could be a “time bomb (that) will explode when reality sets in” once a deal is concluded.
“You can never, in any agreement, draft language that is precise and comprehensive enough to cover any contingency,” Dubowitz said. “There has to be fundamental meeting of the minds between the parties in order for an agreement to be sustainable and durable.”
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