US May Make Concession To Iran Over Its Nuclear Program To Finalize Deal
Washington, D.C. -
The Obama Administration may be willing to make a limited concession in Iran's nuclear program in order to get Iran to agree to greater oversight and inspections according to the White House.
In the deal, the US would allow Iran to enrich uranium to 5% which it can use for its energy needs but would be required to unrestricted inspections, and strict oversight and safeguards that the United Nations long has demanded.
Iran has been enriching uranium to 20% purity for the last year at least, while only 3% enrichment is needed for energy production such as a nuclear power plant.
The decision is highly controversial among US allies who fear once Iran learns how to enrich it to the 90% needed for weapons grade material, they would be able to find way to keep it secret and eventually build a nuclear bomb.
News of this development is not sitting well with long time US ally Israel who has insisted that Iran not have any nuclear programs or enriched uranium. Israel has insisted that Iran have no nuclear capability from a nation that has vowed to "wipe Israel off the map", according to past public statements by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
An unspoken consensus is emerging that sanctions have not stopped Iran from pursing its nuclear program and that it will likely continue regardless of international pressure or sanctions.
Talks are scheduled to resume in Baghdad on May 23 with Iran and the 5+1 group which includes the UN Security Council members plus Germany, the last round of talks in Istanbul April 14th ended without any deal.