Negotiations with Iran bottleneck as the deadline approaches for a new bill.
Officials from Iran and a six-nation group (United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) are meeting in Vienna in attempts to finalize a bill that would shine a greater light on Iran’s nuclear program.
The bill outlines that “The International Atomic Energy Agency, within the framework of the safeguard agreement, is allowed to carry out conventional inspections of nuclear sites” but that “access to military, security and sensitive non-nuclear sites, as well as documents and scientists, is forbidden.”
In return for access to the country’s nuclear-related facilities the six-nation group would be willing to lift some of the stiff economic sanctions currently imposed on Iran. However, those sanctions would only be completely lifted when “Iran begins implementing its obligations” and once international inspectors have concluded that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, in conjunction with the April outlined agreement.
The previous framework for the deal had been reached in April, but the newly drafted bill seems to have halted the negotiations. The bill will first head to parliament and if successfully passed there it will continue to the Guardian Council (an un-elected body close with the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) before becoming law.
The six nations still believe that there is a possibility Iran may be using its uranium-enrichment program for weaponizing purposes, despite Tehran repeatedly denying that claim.
Iran’s nuclear negotiators have already agreed to “managed access” in regards to its military sites, although many officials – including the Ayotollah – have sharply opposed to Iranian scientists being questioned.
The document strictly delineates that the supervisory role in any nuclear deal would go to the Supreme National Security Council, a governing body controlled by Khamenei. As such, the role of parliament in any nuclear matter would collapse.
With the self-imposed deadline soon approaching, the tension and stress must be rising. The saying goes, “people that have nothing to hide, hide nothing” so all that can be hoped for is a swift agreement and smooth implementation.