Kerry Wants An Iranian Deal More Than The Truth

Editorial: Iran’s big (nuclear) lie

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
 
The United States has accused Iran of shopping for components for a dangerous nuclear reactor whose construction was supposed to have been suspended while Iran and Western countries negotiate limits on what Iran may do to develop a nuclear industry. This ought to, but likely won’t, lead President Obama and U.S. allies to conclude that Iran can’t be trusted to keep its word on anything.

The accusation was reported in Foreign Policy magazine by staffer Colum Lynch, a former reporter for The Washington Post, who said U.S. officials passed the information to a panel of experts advising the United Nations Security Council. (The nature of the components was not stated.)

The Arak reactor is dangerous because it is a kind that makes plutonium production easier than in common civilian reactors. Plutonium can be used for bombs as well as uranium, which can be enriched to bomb grade by centrifuges of which Iran operates about 10,000.

Iran has granted inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency only limited access to Arak. Critical construction work there was said to be still suspended.

When negotiations were extended for a second time last month, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “Iran has held up its end of the bargain.” In light of Iran’s component-shopping, that amounts to hair-splitting of a particularly devious kind. There is no good reason for Kerry to hide Iran’s maneuvers from the American people.

Perhaps Kerry wants to keep Congress in the dark too. In the Senate particularly, sentiment is growing for tighter economic sanctions against Iran, perhaps deploying automatically if negotiations fail. This could be a most useful weapon for Kerry’s negotiating toolbox but it appears his ego prevents him from considering it — which he may greatly regret.

Iran Has At Least 19,000 Uranium Centrifuges

Israeli minister: Iran doesn’t need one centrifuge

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December 13th, 2014
11:44 PM ET
Fareed speaks with Naftali Bennett, the economic minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, about Iran’s nuclear program. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Iran – you have said that you thought a bad deal would lead to war, but a good deal could lead to peace. So the question is, do you regard the deal that is under discussion as a good deal or a bad deal?
From what we can tell, the area where they seem to be at right now is that Iran would go from about 19,000 centrifuges to somewhere in the range of between 5,000 and 7,000 or 8,000 centrifuges. Is that a sufficient reduction which would lengthen the lead time before Iran could potentially do something which can make them produce weapons grade uranium?
That’s a very bad deal. Iran doesn’t need one centrifuge. Canada has nuclear energy. Spain has nuclear energy. Switzerland has nuclear energy and they don’t enrich uranium. You don’t need to enrich uranium in order to use nuclear energy. You enrich uranium in order to produce a bomb. That’s why the U.N. Security Council came out with six consecutive resolutions that they should have not one centrifuge.
And suddenly we’re caving in to their whims, especially when Iran is on the floor. They’re under a significant economic pressure. It’s working. So when something works, you don’t let it up. Quite the contrary. That’s the point in negotiation where you insist, and, in fact, reinforce the sanctions. And we just want one simple thing – no enrichment within Iran. You can have all the nuclear energy you want for any peaceful uses, but no enrichment so you can’t acquire a nuclear weapon.
But it…
It’s so simple…
You know that this is essentially seems as though it’s a non-negotiable issue for Iran. So from your point of view, essentially, any deal that comes out is going to be one you will oppose?
No. Any deal that allows Iran to enrich uranium, which allows them to ultimately break out within a few months with a nuclear weapon, is a disaster for the world.
Can you imagine what will happen to the global economy if Iran comes out with a nuclear weapon? The whole area will enter a nuclear race – Saudi Arabia, Turkey. We’re going to have a nuclear nightmare in the very most dangerous area in the world. You know what it will do to your pension funds and to everyone’s money? It’s crazy. It will risk the West.
Why are we letting this? Why with open eyes walking into this trap?
We should be very clear, Iran no enrichment. We’re not going to let you acquire a nuclear weapon. It’s black and white. You don’t have to be so sophisticated. The U.N. already six times said that they cannot have one, you know, centrifuge. I don’t know why suddenly we’re caving in. This is a bad deal and we have to prevent it at all costs.

The China Nuclear Horn Got A Whole Lot Bigger (Daniel 7:7)

Kazakhstan, China Sign Deals Worth $14 Billion

 Kazakhstan Nuclear Sites
By RFE/RL
The Kazakh and Chinese prime ministers met in the Kazakh capital Astana on December 14 as new deals worth some $14 billion were signed.

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang presided over the signing of some 30 agreements.

The most notable was a deal for China to invest $3.8 billion in the development of potash production in Kazakhstan’s western Aktobinsk and West Kazakhstan provinces.

Other deals were for joint development of electrical power facilities — including thermal plants and renewable technology — to enable Kazakhstan to export electricity to China and an agreement for the formation of a joint venture for the production of nuclear fuel and the development of uranium mines.
Kazakhstan is the world’s leading producer of uranium and is exporting uranium to China as part of previous deals.

China has 22 nuclear reactors in operation and 26 more under construction.

Cooperation agreements were also signed between the two national railway companies and between state energy companies KazMunaiGaz and China National Petroleum Corp.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev also met with Li, praising cooperation with China and noting, “Today, a significant amount of Kazakh oil is being produced with the participation of Chinese companies.”

Li said ahead of his visit to Kazakhstan, “Sino-Kazakh cooperation is developing rapidly. The volume of trade between the two countries is increasing annually by 20 percent.”

Eurasian Economic Union

Masimov and Nazarbaev’s meetings with Li come after the Kazakh prime minister met in Almaty on December 13 with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, during which the two discussed the impending inauguration of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the affect reduced oil prices have on the countries’ economies.

Medvedev noted the importance of oil since both countries are large exporters and “events are taking place on the oil market, which definitely affects the economic situation.”

Masimov recalled that his country is bidding to hold the Winter Olympic Games and said advice from Russia, where the last Winter Games were held earlier this year, would be very useful for Kazakhstan.

Medvedev met with President Nazarbaev on December 14 to discuss the EEU, which officially comes into existence on January 1 and will group Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Kyrgyzstan is expected to join shortly after.

Nazarbaev expressed confidence trade between the EEU members would expand. The Kazakh president said, in fact, that while trade between the countries had recently decreased in terms of money, it had actually increased in terms of volume.

Medvedev and Li are in Kazakhstan ahead of a meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members on December 15.

SCO members are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

A Preview Of The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Small Earthquake Recorded Near Central New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Did you feel it? Chances are, probably not.
Officials say a very small earthquake in central New Jersey has caused no damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey’s national information center says the 1.9-magnitude quake occurred at 7:13 a.m. Saturday. It hit in an area about 17 miles east/southeast of Trenton.

A small number of people in some western Monmouth County and northern Ocean County towns say they felt the quake in their homes. But for most residents, the event was completely unnoticed.

Experts say earthquakes in New Jersey are rare and usually small when they do occur.

Babylon The Great: The American Nuclear Horn (Revelation 17)

US Threatens Russia with New Nuclear Missiles, Prepares New Sanctions for Putin

By Precious Silva | December 13, 2014 4:12 PM EST
REUTERS/Larry Downing

The rift between United States and Russia continues as the Pentagon threatens Russia with releasing nuclear missiles in lieu of the Moscow’s violation. According to the US, the country is prepared to redeploy nuclear weapons as a means to keep Russia at bay following its breach of two arms control treaties. Meanwhile, the US Congress has been working on new sanctions for Vladimir Putin following decisions over Ukraine tension.

 
Putin and his administration have been in hot water since its move against Ukraine and other activities in the Baltic region. The US government appears unforgiving of the region’s moves as it threatens Russia with nuclear missiles and new sanctions. 
PressTV quote principal deputy undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense Brian McKeon: “We don’t have ground-launched cruise missiles in Europe now obviously because they’re prohibited by the treaty.”

However, the official did note: “But that would obviously be one option to explore.” According to Washington, Moscow breached the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Russia denied the accusation and clarified that its ground-launched cruise missile last July followed the INF treaty.

President Barrack Obama has raised the violation issue with Russian president Vladimir Putin according to Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller. The Arms Control official also said that the US was thinking of pushing through with “military countermeasures” to emphasize the treaty breaches. Russia has been warned not to continue any cycle of action to prevent provoking other military counter measures.

On the other side of Washington, Yahoo reported US lawmakers working on another sanction concerning weapons companies in Russia. If the sanction will push through then it may also include measures on high-tech oil investments in the region. Just this Thursday, the Senate and House of Representatives agreed and passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. The bill was sent back to the Senate following house panel changes. There should be a vote soon though President Obama has been opposed to this. The president clarified that he does not agree with additional sanctions unless Europe also agrees on them.

If the US president will agree on the sanction then companies like Rosoboronexport (arms exporter) will be affected. The bill pushes that these providers contribute to the rising tensions in Syria, Georgia and Ukraine.

McKeon further stated: “This violation will not go unanswered, because there is too much at stake.”

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