November 13, 2014 | Quote

Iranian Negotiator: U.S. Must Bow to Our ‘Inalienable Nuclear Rights’

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks said this week that the United States must bow to Iran’s “inalienable nuclear rights” and hinted that Western countries are being fooled about the extent of concessions being made by Tehran in talks, according to regional media reports.

Emanuele Ottolenghi, an Iran expert and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), explained that Iran could still secretly procure a nuclear weapon even if it allowed inspectors at declared sites.

“Iran continues to stonewall on verification issues … and, generally speaking, transparency over its past nuclear-related procurement and activities” Ottolenghi said. “In practice, we cannot know for sure that there is no parallel clandestine nuclear activity.”

“Lack of Iranian willingness to address those concerns means that even the most stringent monitoring of Iran’s declared nuclear facilities may leave the door open for an undetectable breakout option for Iran,” he said.

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