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Iran offers Trump White House new nuclear deal, in exchange for sanctions relief (Video)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Iran’s unexpected and ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for United States lifting sanctions.

The plan extended to the Trump White House by Iran’s Foreign Minister, would allow enhanced, permanent nuclear inspections. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  stated that the plan is “not about photo ops. We want substance”.

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The Iranian foreign minister has said he offered Washington to provide the UN nuclear watchdog with immediate expanded access to all parts of the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions.

Speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran had reached out to Washington with a “substantial” offer that would see it agree to robust nuclear inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) four years ahead of schedule.

Such in-depth inspections are envisioned by the Additional Protocol to the 2015 nuclear deal, a supplementary agreement Iran was supposed to ratify in 2023. The protocol guarantees the IAEA “expanded rights of access to information and locations,” thus providing “additional tools for verification” of the state’s compliance with the deal.

Specifically, it allows the watchdog to “obtain a much fuller picture” of the state’s nuclear programs, stockpiles, plans and trade.

The verification of the protocol by the Iranian parliament, the Majlis, should have coincided with the US lifting all sanctions against Tehran – which is unlikely to happen after the US withdrew from the agreement last May. In spite of Washington’s demarche, Iran has kept its end of the bargain, and has observed the Additional Protocol, albeit without ratifying it.

Zarif dismissed the notion that the offer was more of a symbolic nature.

It’s not about photo ops. We are interested in substance.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated that it’s up to Iran to make the first step in reconciliation, saying in May that “if they call, we will negotiate.” But almost in the same breath, he spouted threats of “obliteration like you’ve never seen before” and “strong sanctions” – and now that a way forward has been suggested by Tehran, the hopes that Washington will consider it remain slim.

In the absence of official reaction from Washington, anonymous US officials have confirmed it, telling Reuters that Iran’s proposal is a ploy to secure sanctions relief while at the same time still planning to produce a nuclear weapon.

On the ground, the US strategy has been more consistent than Trump’s bait-and-switch rhetoric. Thousands of extra troops, a carrier strike group, a missile battery and strategic bombers have been deployed to the region, while Iran is being accused of bombing oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, allegations that Tehran denies.

In another flare-up on Thursday, the US claimed to have shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, which, according to Trump, approached a US Navy vessel. It came a month after Iran shot down a US drone in the same waterway.

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There isn’t going to be any “new deal”. The US goal is war for the benefit of Israel, the military-industrial complex, the oil companies, the banks who finance them – and for the neocons to believe they are “Masters of the World.” Period. End of story. It doesn’t matter what Trump wants or thinks he wants.

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Perhaps. But it has not been working out as you describe.

Instead after 2.5 years we have:
– Negotiations / draw down in Afghanistan.
– A “threat” of peace in North Korea. –
– Negotiations with China….
– Venezuala a flop.
– Boeing under fire.

In the middle east there is a new balance of power
– Syria holding fast and gaining strength
– Houthis slowly winning..
– KSA and the Gulf backing away from an anti-Iran alliance.
– Kushner’s peace plan” a giant flop.
– Erdogan still in place, with the S-400…

– AND: No new war………yet.
And that is just foreign policy…..

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The red polo is the really gorgeous one – but – ok – not conservative ;-)))

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The US isn’t worried about nuclear weapons. It wants to get rid of Iran’s missiles so it can be invaded and regime changed to get control of its resources and the Caspian Sea and therefore Russia.

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