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November 4, 2015 12:59 pm

Mideast Expert: Iran Never Approved Nuclear Deal; Western Politicians and Media in Denial (INTERVIEW)

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MEMRI president Yigal Carmon. Photo: YouTube/Screenshot.

The president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, Yigal Carmon. Photo: YouTube/Screenshot.

“When people stand before the complete collapse of what they believe in, they enter a state of denial,” wrote Yigal Carmon, in a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) article titled “The Emperor Has No Clothes.”

Carmon, MEMRI’s president, was referring to the response of politicians and journalists to the nuclear deal with Iran, which he claims was never approved by the Islamic Republic.

“What is mistakenly perceived as an agreement under the title of ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (JCPOA), that was concluded on July 14 in Vienna, and celebrated by the White House as an ‘historic agreement,’ is neither a contract nor even a real agreement between Iran and the P5+1,” he wrote. “It is a set of understandings and disputes compiled into a single document.”

“For example, regarding the sanctions, it stipulates that there will be a snap-back in case of Iranian violations, yet the next sentence says that Iran will regard such a snap-back as a violation of the agreement by the West,” Carmon told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

Carmon then explained why he thinks that nobody is acknowledging the facts he spelled out in his piece – all proving that Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei “will never agree to a deal that doesn’t provide 100% of what he believes Iran deserves; even the 80% President Obama consented to was not satisfactory.”

According to Carmon, this reality is being ignored across the West — and political spectrum.

“The Left likes to think that a major event took place, thanks to the steadfast adherence to diplomacy touted by the Obama administration,” he said. “The Right is blinded by its hatred for Obama to the point that it can’t see beyond its own mantra about the relinquishment of American power, which leads to the false assumption that Iran received everything it wanted, and therefore has no reason not to embrace and sign off on the deal.”

But, he asserted, “Iran did not get everything it wanted. On the contrary, the JCPOA includes elements that Khamenei rejects, hands-down, such as keeping sanctions suspended, rather than lifted, which is like a sword hanging over his head.”

What this means from Iran’s point of view, Carmon explained, is that the West “has committed only to words, while the entire onus of action is on the Islamic Republic, which is required by the JCPOA to take a whole slew of concrete measures to curb its nuclear program.”

But even before those measures were to be taken, the JCPOA was scheduled to be “adopted” by all sides by October 19. That was more than three weeks ago, and nobody, Carmon pointed out — including Israel — “has made mention of the fact that the date came and went without Iran’s having approved the agreement.”

What Iran did approve, said Carmon, was a set of recommendations, turned into instructions in the form of a bill for its own government on how to handle and amend the JCPOA.

In his article, Carmon describes what was going on behind the scenes in the lead-up to “Adoption Day.”

The Western side showed its consent long before October 19; the self-effacing EU member countries did not even bother to discuss the agreement in their national parliaments – and thus confirmed their true status as nonentities. And while the US Congress did discuss it seriously, the agreement was allowed to proceed, via a convoluted process that was nonetheless legal and binding.

In Iran, however, following discussion in both its Majlis [parliament] and its Guardian Council, the JCPOA as concluded and announced on July 14 was not approved. The Majlis ratified something else – a set of recommendations to the government of Iran regarding how it should execute the JCPOA. This hardly constitutes approval of the original document. The Guardian Council, for its part, approved what the Majlis had done; Guardian Council secretary-general Ayatollah Jannati said, on Iranian TV, that his council had approved not the JCPOA but a plan for the government to secure Iran’s interests in executing it. Majlis speaker Ali Larijani said the same thing.

To put it simply, as Carmon illustrated, Iran is not on board with the Vienna document. “It’s only accepting of its own version of it,” Carmon said.

Asked why this even matters, now that businesses from countries everywhere are rushing to begin setting up shop in and with Tehran – and the nuclear program is proceeding as it was prior to negotiations — Carmon said that even this is a bit misleading.

“Every business deal in the works with Iran is pending,” he said. “No bank, even in Europe, can do anything until the US sanctions imposed by the legislative branch (i.e. Congress) are lifted. And this would require a change in the law, one which no other country can violate with impunity, since America heads the global banking system.”

According to Carmon, then, the money is not flowing into the Islamic Republic as much as everyone thinks.

“So why,” he asked rhetorically, “would Khamenei agree to the deal?”

“Money is not the determining factor for an ideological leader like Khamenei,” Carmon said. “He has sacrificed his people’s livelihood for years now, for the sake of his nuclear ambitions. He instructs the government to adopt an ‘economy of resistance’ to build itself up against the West, not with it.”

This turn of events came as no surprise to Carmon. But the lack of international media coverage of it appalls him.

“Only two newspapers in the West [the Wall Street Journal and The Jerusalem Post] wondered about the emperor’s new clothes,” he wrote. “But even they did not shout, ‘But he hasn’t any clothes on at all!’ They said only that he was missing a couple of accessories.”

This is in spite of the fact that:

Khamenei had spoken, banning outright any implementation of the JCPOA by Iran until his new conditions are met. The entire Iranian political system is hewing to this line… Everyone, that is, except for Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Khamenei’s political rival and head of Iran’s pragmatic camp, who in an interview published … by MEMRI openly challenged Khamenei and said that Iran should abide by what it undertook in the JCPOA.

Yet, said Carmon, the only media outlets that reported on the Rafsanjani interview were Iranian.

Worse still, he added, Haaretz’s World News Editor, Asaf Ronel, claimed on social media that the interview was a fake.

“BS. This is a report by the Iranian opposition w/o any support in real life – in short: he [Rafsanjani] simply didn’t say it,” Ronel wrote on Twitter.

As for the Israeli government, which has been a strong opponent of the deal, Carmon said he has no way of knowing to what extent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is aware that Iran has rejected it.

Does Carmon, who divides his time between his offices in Jerusalem and Washington, think the Jewish state has unwittingly dodged a proverbial bullet, owing to Iranian intransigence?

“The absence of an agreement is better for Israel,” he said. “But Israel’s problem is not so much agreements on paper as progress on the ground.”

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  • Lauren Goldman

    What this ‘agreement’ shows is that Kerry and his handler are paper tigers. Every ‘red line’ Kerry brought to the negotiations was systematically thrown out, followed by a parade of concessions. While the Administration was crowing about the ‘deal’, Khomeini was already stating which of the sanctions it would obey (the exact number was zero), and the chanting of ‘death to Israel’, ‘death to America’ continued its dulcet chorus.

  • DockyWocky

    After shenanigans like this, the only proper reward for Iranians is a test to see how many American nukes it takes to have some smoking representative of the former ayatollah hand carry a note asking for mercy.

    Despicable people need to really suffer.

  • Reform School

    The king has been parading naked ever since publishing heiress and revolutionary Patty Hurst’s Lamestream Media learned how to bury the bad behavior of their allies. 50 years ago, Harvard professor Tom Lehrer warned how much terror Islamists could unleash on the world if they ever acquired nuclear weapons. delivering them with a pilot, or without.

    Are 50 years of steadily falling SAT scores just dumb luck, or evidence of Dumbth?

    Drowning in self-serving laws ang regulations pushed through by a corrupt, buy-partisan duopoly, disappearing leadership is dragging down Western civilization.

    One of its best and brightest leaders, swimming in a sea of academics blinded by never leaving campus protection, the best moderator for electoral debates is Tom Sowell.

  • Larry Andrews

    Senator Ted Cruz has stated that on his first day as President of the United States he will “rip to shreds” the executive agreement President Obama signed with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and begin moving America’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. That is precisely what needs to be done. Amen and Awomen!!

  • Richard D. Wilkins

    How utterly different, indeed, are the ways of the Bazaar from those of the Western marketplace. Iranian JCPOA deception recalls that colossal Palestinian sham, still unrealized by the West. In Pres. Clinton’s presence, the Palestinian Authority legislature supposedly formally recognized Israel, but actually didn’t, merely sending the issue to a committee that hasn’t ever reported back. Unfortunately, Iran knows with whom it’s dealing, while the West doesn’t even have the slightest clue.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Obama is openly anti-Israel and definitely anti-Jew after attending an anti-Israel, anti-church for more than 20 years with Jerimiah Wright who just declared that “Jesus wasn’t a Jew, he was a Palestinian.

    If Obama doesn’t destroy Israel in the next year it will be a miracle.

    Because of him ISIS is now a global threat. Russia and Iran have entered the war and America’s role is being diminished.

    Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter and the Jews voted for him twice.


  • Noel Eliscu

    If this article is true than we should ask for the impeachment of Kerry and the POTUS for being ignorant and treasonous to the American people.

    • Now the impeachement? ignorant are both not. Treasonous, all the way. We, are more than ignorant, and also stupid. We let them do, and twice, like the world belongs to them. I am angry, and same time scared for what will happen for us,in Israel

  • Another aspect that the U.S. (and Israel) might consider is the rejection by Iran of the binding UNSC Resolution 2231 which endorsed the JCPOA.

    Resolution 2231 contains also restrictions on conventional armaments and development of ballistic missiles by Iran.

  • Mickey Oberman

    I have very little doubt that before he leaves office Obama will give Iran everything it wants.

  • Peter Joffe

    We cannot make deals with terrorists as terrorists do NOT make deals that they intend to keep All they do is delay to gain time to do their evil without fear.

  • ART

    And to this day the plo/pa/fatah has Never amended its charter. Though Clinton, tom friedman and friends have told us the plo has changed

  • John Ilanga

    Unfortunately today the Moslem religion is inspired by the most daemonic being in the Cosmos, ie Sorat the Sun Daemon. Their terrible abstract materialism is leading humanity on a wrong path.
    Many good individuals amongst them, but unfortunately their fanatic leaders promoting violence and putting bombs on young children is bringing them a terrible destiny.

  • steven L

    For this Adm, it is a “FAIT ACCOMPLI” and they care less what Iran does because the ball will be for the next US President!
    Rafsanjani can be trusted as much as Khamenei