Baku, Azerbaijan, August 13
By Dalga Khatinoglu -- Trend:
Washington is satisfied with the comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, as it meets the strategic goals of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon according to the U.S. State Department's Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre, a member of the U.S. nuclear negotiator team.
The Islamic Republic and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) reached a long-awaited comprehensive deal called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14.
Eyre told exclusively Trend Aug.11 that in any negotiations neither side ever gets all it wants, this agreement is a strong one become its implementation would ensure Washington's strategic goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. "Of course, a better agreement can always theoretically have been obtained, but all negotiations are always give and take, and n as President Barak Obama has said. We must be realistic and dreaming about unattainable perfection will not get us anywhere. The current agreement would prevent Iran's pathways towards a nuclear bomb," he said.
Eyre said the achieved the nuclear deal comes with the most comprehensive supervision, inspection and verification measures focusing on Iran's entire nuclear production chain. As such, it will be obvious if Iran seeks ere to avoid its obligations, and the international community could then take appropriate measures.
Although the majority of Democrats and the Obama administration favor the deal, Republicans who dominate both the Senate and the House of Representatives are strongly against it.
Eyre says that the non-proliferation issue, as well as JCPOA and the appendixes are quite complicated and technical, so some lawmakers' objections might be caused by insufficient knowledge about the agreement. The US Government is attempting to make them more familiar with the deal in order to satisfy them that the obtained agreement realizes the US strategic goals. "Some of the opposition though has political and partisan goals but fortunately the truth will come out. There are enough votes to prevent the scuttling of the agreement by Congress," he said.
Coming to the implementation of the nuclear deal, the American diplomat said that it depends on Iran, but regarding the activities and deeds that all sides must carry out, the implementation date of deal will take time.
Parchin Clean Up
Speaking of Iran's construction activities at the Parchin military site where nuclear-related tests might have been conducted, according to IAEA, Eyre said the IAEA inspection measures are comprehensive and strong enough that we don't have any concern. "In principle, hiding evidence of forbidden activities can't be done by these kind of activities," he said.
Bloomberg reported on Aug.5 that "intelligence officials and lawmakers who have seen the new evidence, which is still classified, told us that satellite imagery picked up by the US government assets in mid- and late July showed that Iran had moved bulldozers and other heavy machinery to the Parchin site and that the US intelligence community concluded with high confidence that the Iranian government was working to clean up the site ahead of planned inspections by the IAEA".
Iran's representative to the United Nations announced a day after that "some the US entities' reports about Iran's attempts to clear the traces of nuclear test at Parchin is ridiculous and repetition of baseless past claims".
The statement said Iran has never aimed to build a nuclear weapon and "during last week, a road damaged by a water leak from the Mamlu dam close to Parchin is undergoing massive construction and repair work".
Edited by CN