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6 major U.S. concessions in Iran nuke deal


President Obama and his team made a significant number of concessions to Iran to reach the nuclear agreement announced on Tuesday, bringing the final deal much closer to what Iran wanted than what Obama and other administration officials once promised. The following is a list of six major concessions the Obama administration made to Iran, which will be updated as more details emerge about the deal.

Uranium enrichment

In April 2012, then National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, said, “Our position is clear: Iran must live up to its international obligations, including full suspension of uranium enrichment as required by multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

In Nov. 2013, after the initial blueprint for the agreement was struck, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted to ABC News, “We do not recognize a right to enrich.”

During negotiations, the U.S. eventually set a ceiling of 500 to 1,500 centrifuges for enriching uranium.

Obama, in touting Tuesday’s deal, boasted “Iran will remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges.” But two-thirds of centrifuges is equivalent to 6,000 — or roughly four times more than what was just months ago seen as the ceiling. Furthermore, the “removed” centrifuges won’t be dismantled, they will merely be stored.

Nuclear bunker

Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility is built in a bunker underneath a mountain. In Dec. 2013, Obama said at the Brookings Institution: “We know that they don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful nuclear program.”

But the deal not only preserves Fordow under the notion that it will be used for scientific research, but the international community will be working with the Iranians on developing new centrifuge technology at the facility.

Ballistic missiles

Back in early 2014, the Obama administration was talking about capping Iran’s ballistic missile development. “They have to deal with matters related to their ballistic missile program,” then White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

In Feb. 2014, chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman told the Senate, “that in these first six months we have not shut down all of their production of any ballistic missile that could have anything to do with delivery of a nuclear weapon, but that is, indeed, going to be part of something that has to be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement.”

Just last week, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate, “under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.”

Caving into a late demand by the Iranians, the agreement will get rid of the U.N. embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran within five years, and ballistic missiles within eight years.


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