Today’s Pravda-on-the-Hudson [the Times of NY] contains the official reply by the Iranian plenipotentiary to the so-called Five-plus Talks, in I believe Geneva; viz.
[W]hile American officials said [Ambassador] Mr Zarif was now showing a flexibility they had not seen before, his proposal does not address, in its current form, the most central American concern.
Oh? What’s that? [inserted by Miguel Cabron, transcriber]
Because the proposal would leave centrifuges spinning in place, Iran would retain what is known as a “breakout capability” to race for a bomb if it ever decided to produce one.
And the reply, not for background and not concealing the name,
[Ambassador] Zarif contended that other elements of his plan would lengthen that period to over a year
— the period, let us recall, in which the spinning centrifuges would be shut off, mind you —
which [US] Secretary of State John Kerry has said is a minimum.
Okay, that’s the headline, right [holds up hands in a bracket]: IRAN MEETS U.S. DEMAND
Right? Ah, wie Dumm bin ich . . wir haben keine freie Presse.
We are in the very next sentence informed by the Party Members of Pravda-on-the-Hudson,that :
“Such arguments are a reminder that this negotiation is taking place [in] a technical discussion mind-boggling in its complexity …”
That there headline, on the most prominent corner of the Front Page, reads “Iran Outlines Nuclear Deal”. A deal which, let me repeat, according to the writer of the article itself, meets the minimum condition placed by the Secretary of State himself, at some prior meeting officially on the table as his “minimum’.
The rest of the article, hey check it out, details how the U.S. has moved the guideposts to “a number of years which can be described in two digits.” That is to say, the Iranians can no longer be allowed to continue with negotiations by meeting the condition of freezing the centrifuges for a year, but only if they agree to a decade.
I kid you not.
The writer of the article in Pravda-on-the-Hudson begins the Move-The-Gaolposts trick in the very next sentence, namely
American officials are doubtful.
That’s what you get, ladies and gentlemen, meine Damen ind Herren, when You Meet the U.S. Condition!
It’s never enough.
Update 17 July: President Obama, faced with the Iranian side making a concession, has agreed to — no, is expected to request for — additional time to negotiate.