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August 11, 2015 4:24 pm

Senior Iranian Officials Disclose Secret History of Nuclear Talks — Obama Admin Recognized ‘Right to Enrich’ in 2011

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Ali Akbar Salehi, (on the right). PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Ali Akbar Salehi, (on the right). PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Senior Iranian officials have been disclosing in recent weeks confidential information about the history of the country’s nuclear talks with the U.S., the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported on Monday.

According to the claims, made by top officials in public speeches and media interviews, the U.S. first initiated secret bilateral talks with Iran between 2011 and 2012, during the era of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hardliner, and not during the era of Hassan Rouhani, a supposed moderate, who was elected in 2013. According to the officials, the Obama administration had agreed from its first overtures in 2011 to recognize Iran’s “right” to enrich uranium.

Hossein Sheikh al-Islam, an adviser to Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani, said in an interview last month with Iranian media that then-senator and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry had sent a letter to Iran via Oman. According to statements by Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and its lead nuclear negotiator, Kerry was authorized by President Obama to do so.

Sheikh al-Islam said Iran agreed to secret negotiations with the U.S. only “after Kerry wrote a letter and sent it to us via Oman, stating that America officially recognizes Iran’s rights regarding the [nuclear fuel] enrichment cycle.”

After that, he said, two meetings were held in Oman between U.S. and Iranian officials, after which, Omani “Sultan Qaboos [bin Said al Said] was dispatched by Obama to [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei with Kerry’s letter.”

Khamenei responded to Qaboos, saying he did not trust the Americans, but Qaboos pressed Khamenei, telling him: “Trust them one more time.”

Sheikh al-Islam claimed that the nuclear talks began on the basis that Iran would be allowed to preserve the uranium enrichment fuel cycle, rather than on sanctions relief, an argument he called U.S. propaganda.

Khamenei himself confirmed the existence of a request from the Obama administration through an international mediator (presumably Qaboos) dating back to 2011, during a speech he gave this year on June 23, according to MEMRI.

In an interview last week with the daily Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi also commented on the letter received from the U.S. when he was foreign minister in 2011, but said he had dismissed it because it was delivered by a mid-level Omani diplomat and was handwritten.

He said the letter was delivered during the run-up to the 2012 elections. A few months later, he said, Omani diplomats again solicited Iran through a wealthy businessman to enter secret bilateral negotiations with the U.S.

Salehi said he responded by writing a letter of his own outlining four Iranian preconditions for talks, one of which was recognizing the country’s right to enrich uranium.

After receiving this letter, Salehi said that the U.S. responded favorably. He said the Obama administration was “definitely and sincerely willing” to resolve the issues that Iran had mentioned.


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  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    No wonder that Obama is a pathological liar, he is a sociopath!

  • Wm. J. Levy

    This president will go down in history as the worst president in the history of America.

    It serves the Jews right for voting for him twice despite his anti-Jew,anti-Israel church in Chicaglo.

    What is wrong with us for being so stupid and trusting.

    Will a Jew ever be president?

    • Elaine Coker

      What about all the Catholics including the Pope who voted for him twice and what about those so called Christians in American churches who voted for him twice?
      And I could name many many other groups, but why bother.

  • Reform School

    As ever, obama is “Dumb as a Fox!”

  • How is the statement about Iran’s right to enrich uranium contrary to what is allowed in the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty – any country planning to use nuclear power to generate electricity or for medical isotopes can enrich uranium – the problem comes when that country enriches huge amounts, or goes beyond the 3.5% which such use requires.

  • Deborah Silver

    What would possibly lead anyone to conclude that such a deal with Iran could lower the risk of Iran possessing a nuclear weapon when removing financial and other sanctions will enable Iran to have more funds not only for its covert illegal nuclear weapons program but, moreover, to fund terror groups such as Hamas, that will further destabilize the already tense situation in the Middle East.

    Iran funds terrorist activities that kill innocent Israelis. These are the facts on the ground.

    The Iran regime makes no attempt to even hide, as the Nazis did, their intention to eradicate the Jewish people. To the contrary, the leader of Iran often repeats his clear intent to wipe Israel off the map. Why in God’s name would anyone want to make a deal with a country that is seeking to overtly and openly eradicate the Jewish people?

    While some authors focus on the anti-Semitic remarks President Obama has made to promote his disastrous deal with Iran, namely his false accusation that the Jewish opposition to his Iran deal will lead to another war like the one with Iraq, which the Jews also supported, I do not support dealing with a terrorist State like Iran even if President Obama promoted it perfectly.

    The essential point is that this deal with Iran will lead to an unstable country having a nuclear weapon that could destroy the entire world, and not just Israel. Why in God’s name would anyone seek to appease a country like that?

    Has anyone not learned from the lessons of history that one cannot appease insane despotic leaders from the West’s attempts to appease Hitler? Look what that appeasement did in terms of costing the Jews dearly, by directly leading to 6 million Jews perishing in the Holocaust.

    What difference does it make that President Obama’s anti-Semitic statements promoted his disastrous Iran deal by re-writing history, blaming the Jews for leading America to war with Iraq when the Jews by and large opposed this war as did Israel, as a balance of power between Iran and Iraq was essential to Israel’s security? By weakening Iraq the U.S. enabled Iran to strengthen its nuclear program, endangering the entire world, let alone the Middle East and Israel, its sole democracy.

    Again, the point is not that President Obama’s anti-Semitic comments against the Jews and Jewish organizations that oppose his disastrous Iran deal are the worst thing he has done. What he has done is to enable a country like Iran to become a nuclear power instead of taking a strong stand, even if that stand includes military action!

    If you read the Bible you will see that time and again the God of Israel has fought for Israel, regardless of the small numbers and lack of sophisticated weaponry. It is not for the sake of the Jewish people, but for His holy name’s sake, which the Jewish people defamed among the nations.

    God has chosen to associate His name and His holy presence with Jerusalem.

    If the U.S. decides to take military action against Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program before it too late, God will support and defend the U.S. and the U.S. will surely be successful.

    Even the Arab states in the region do not want Iran to have nuclear weapons. Everyone but President Obama apparently knows what that will mean not just for the Middle East but for the entire world.

    Act now, it is not too late. He who blesses Israel will be blessed, that is a promise that God made to Abraham, and God keeps His promises! The U.S. will be blessed by defending the world against Iran and its program to acquire nuclear weapons.

    There are many loop holes to this Iran deal. The 24-day cap on Iran’s ability to delay an investigation into a facility suspected of supporting clandestine activities could actually be much longer than that.
    Iran’s ability to play for time regarding inspections of suspicious military facilities begins when the IAEA first submits its concerns, and waits for Iran’s clarification. The 24-day count begins only after that, if and when the IAEA makes a request for access; but the preliminary phase has no time limit.

    Iran has over the years perfected tactics of playing for time, and has made it very clear that it will not tolerate inspections at its military sites where suspicions are that it has worked on a military nuclear capability. If pressed on inspections in the coming years, Iran will most likely continue to evade and play for time, and the deal dangerously provides ample room for Iran to do so.

    The problems with snapback sanctions have been well documented, especially when matched with Iran’s explicit threat to exit the deal if sanctions are reimposed. And why would military force in the scenario of a serious violation down the road be any more of an option then than it is today? In fact, it will very likely be even less, if it becomes apparent that Iran is very close to a nuclear weapon.

    So can one really say – as the scientists do – that the deal provides “effective challenge inspection for the suspected activities of greatest concern”? Hardly.

    See What 29 top US scientists don’t know, August 10, 2015, by Emily B. Landau, Head of Arms Control program, Tel Aviv University.


    Deborah Frankel Silver

  • Ephraim

    More of Obama’s strong ties with jihad emerge. He ‘caved’ years before he began ‘negotiating.’ I only wish that, somehow, this will convince the pseudo-progressives to develop a conscience and oppose Obama’s crime against humanity.

  • Ronald Brandt

    Why does a country need permission to enrich Uranium? I don’t understand who decides which countries may do this and others not.

    • Yale

      The requirement comes from being a party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) which was established to ensure that no new nuclear weapons states would emerge. Iran violated its obligations under that treaty since they began their weapons program. The deal Obama wants will require the US to violate its obligations under that treaty. One last note: The Senate ratified the NPT in accordance with the Constitution; Obama wants it over-ridden by executive fiat.

  • ART

    so Obama lied to us from day one. This must be publicized further. Send copies to your Congress people It is truly pathetic that we must get our information from the iranians rather than our own President and his “transparent” administration.