UN Nuclear Chief Announces Potential Deal With Iran
As talk of war with Iran increases, some potentially positive news has emerged in Vienna.
Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, announced that an unofficial agreement has been reached with the Islamic Republic which will allow for further and more extensive inspections of their suspected nuclear sites, as well as clear up a number of remaining questions regarding the Iranian nuclear program.
Speaking following a visit to Tehran on Monday, Mr. Amano was confident that an accord would be officially signed by both the United Nations and the Iranian government “quite soon.”
Iranian representatives agreed with Mr. Amano’s assessment, calling the progress “very good” and stating that “God willing [there will be] good cooperation in the future.”
All of this on the eve of the recommencement of diplomatic talks in Baghdad between Iran and various world powers.
The unexpected bout of potentially positive news has been attributed to the personal intervention of Ayatollah Khomenei himself, who prior to this had been content to leave matters in the hands of subordinates. According to an anonymous former diplomat:
“Everything I hear in the last few months out of Iran is that it is Khomenei who is driving this this time, a difference [from] before, where he always had someone in between and different factions driving it.”
The Ayatollah has long found himself in a precarious position, forced to keep the hard-liners within the Iranian government appeased as well as walk a fine line with the West.
But following the 2003 American war with Iraq, Khomenei appears more eager to work with the United Nations, rather than face a unilateral invasion force from the United States.
This is not to say that Iran is ready to give up its nuclear program, but following the announcement by Mr. Amano, the possibilities are good that Khomenei and his government may be open to a negotiated compromise.