It’s official! Iran fulfills Obama surprise

Islamic regime announces suspension of uranium enrichment

 

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Fulfilling a request of Barack Obama’s administration reported exclusively by WND, Iran Saturday announced its promise as outlined in the secret negotiations with the U.S. to suspend uranium enrichment to the 20 percent level for its nuclear program.

During an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), Mohammad Hassan Asfari, member of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, announced that Iran has halted the enrichment to the 20 percent level and at the same time requested the removal of sanctions by the West.

Asfari said that the halt is a sign of goodwill by Iran but it requires a positive response from the West.

“In order to build trust, the Islamic regime has set aside the 20 percent enrichment process. It is expected that the 5+1 will remove the sanctions. If such action does not take place, Iran will continue with its process of reaching peaceful nuclear energy,” said Asfari.

Shortly thereafter though, the Fars News Agency (which is run by the Revolutionary Guards), put up a short statement saying that the 20 percent enrichment continues and that any announcement on the country’s nuclear activity will only come from the office of the Supreme National Security Council. It is possible that Asfari might have given away the big announcement prematurely or it might indicate that there are still major rifts between the differing factions of the regime for such announcement to be made prior to U.S. elections, or simply that Fars News Agency’s announcement serves for internal consumption.

The 20 percent enrichment has been a major concern to world powers as it would allow Iran to move rather quickly to weaponization grade should it decide to do so.

However, Asfari did not address the fact that Iran already holds enough low enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs if it is further enriched and the current stock of the 20 percent enriched uranium kept at the Fordo facility. Also, as of the release of this news, there has been no official verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, that Iran has indeed halted the 20 percent enrichment out of its Natanz and Fordo nuclear facilities. This is while reports, just days ago, confirmed that IAEA inspectors have verified that Iran has installed the last of nearly 3000 centrifuges in the underground site at Fordo.

WND reported exclusively on the secret meetings in Washington and Doha, Qatar, between Obama representatives and those of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei Oct. 4, Oct. 8, Oct. 23 and Oct. 28.

According to the source, who remains anonymous for security reasons and is highly placed in the Islamic regime, in the Qatar meeting, the U.S. delegation urged an announcement, even if only for a temporary nuclear deal, before the U.S. elections to help Obama get reelected. A Romney presidency, the delegation said, would surely move more toward Israel, noting that Obama has stood up to Israel against attacking Iran. The regime’s delegation was urged to understand that if Iran did not stand by Obama, Israel would attack Iran.

The source stated that as recently as two weeks ago a letter from the American delegation was passed on to surrogates of the regime in America, which was intended for Khamenei. It contained an urgent request that the announcement be made by the regime’s officials before the U.S. elections.

The reports of the secret talks by WND caused a global stir, especially in Iran, where several denials were issued by regime officials. This saw a majority of the regime’s media scrambling to tackle the news of the secret talks.

 

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