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 Jan. 14, 2014


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Hassan Rouhani, nuclear cheat

Now it’s official: for Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the nuclear deal struck with the West in Geneva in November was just an excuse to get sanctions relief, and Iran has no intention of scaling back its nuclear ambitions. ”Our relationship w/the world is based on Iranian nation’s interests,” Rouhani tweeted on Jan. 14. “In Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will.”

The Islamic Republic’s “moderate” clerical president expanded on what he meant by the West’s “surrender” in a speech in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan today. “The Geneva agreement means the wall of sanctions has broken. The unfair sanctions were imposed on the revered and peace-loving Iranian nation,' he said (with translation by the Associated Press). 'It means an admission by the world of Iran's peaceful nuclear program.'"

The Iranian side has a very different view on what they agreed to in Geneva than does Secretary of State John Kerry. Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi revealed that the two sides would be bound by a 30-page “non-paper,” which bore all the hallmarks of a secret side agreement – something the State Department was quick to deny.

Araqchi was crystal clear that Iran believes the deal means the continuation of all Iranian nuclear research programs and facilities. “No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,” he told the Iranian Students News Agency on Monday. “All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue."

Rouhani publicly gloated over fooling the West in his last nuclear negotiation when he ran for president last year. In a televised interview, he explained in detail how he tricked the EU-3 negotiators in talks from 2003 to 2005. Instead of shutting down or even slowing its nuclear development, Rouhani boasted that centrifuge production actually increased, and Iran managed to finalize its Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan, all the while pretending it has "suspended" its enrichment program. without the conversion plant (often known as the "hex" plant, since that's where Iran transforms uranium yellowcake into Uranium hexafluoride for gaseous enrichment), there could be no enrichment.

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Media contact: Kenneth R. Timmerman
President & CEO
Foundation for Democracy in Iran