A Confused World Reacts To The Iran Nuclear Deal

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The following statement was made by British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, on September 30, 1938 in front of #10 Downing Street, London, after his arrival home from the notorious Munich Conference of 1938.

We, the German Fuhrer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for our two countries and for Europe.


We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.


We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.


My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is "peace for our time." Go home and get a nice quiet sleep

75 years later, last night appeasement came to Iran:

(L to R) British foreign secretary, German foreign minister, EU foreign policy chief, Iran’s foreign minister, Chinese foreign minister, US secretary of state and Russian and French foreign ministers in Geneva on November 24, 2013.

It remains to be seen if appeasing Iran will lead to yet another anschluss or worse, but for now one thing is certain: nobody really knows what to make of last night's historic nuclear "deal" with Iran. Because when even the two main participants are unable to agree on what was decided...

... how is everyone else expected to fare any better?

In any case, here is a sampling of the immediate reactions, most of which were as expected. First, Israel:

  • Israel Foreign Minister Lieberman: Iran's greatest diplomatic victory since the Islamic revolution

Which is a good thing right? Wrong:

"What was concluded in Geneva last night is not a historic agreement, it's a historic mistake," Netanyahu said. "It's not made the world a safer place. Like the agreement with North Korea in 2005, this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place."

Not surprisingly, Israel hates any deal that diffuses tension in the region and lowers the probability of war. Iran, on the other hand was giddy:

Hassan Rouhani hails nuclear deal as turning point for Iran


A smiling Hassan Rouhani stepped on to the spiral staircase of the presidential palace to announce to an anxious nation the first nuclear deal reached with world powers in a decade – a major achievement which capped his first 100 days in office.

Departing from the austere conference hall press events of his predecessors, and opting instead for a White House Rose Garden-style appearance, he declared that the Islamic Republic had won global powers’ recognition of Iran’s right to enrich uranium.


Billing it as a turning point for Iran – both internationally and at home – the centrist president elected on the hope of ending Iran’s isolation and fixing a collapsing economy made the most of the little sanctions relief offered by the Geneva agreement. Putting his own spin on the deal – and along the way directly contradicting American officials’ assertions – Mr Rouhani said the sanctions regime “had been broken” by the agreement, “whether others like it or not”. With the passage of time, he predicted, the cracks “will widen.”


In another sign of his media savvy as president, Mr Rouhani produced relatives and children of four scientists killed since 2010, part of a covert war against the nuclear programme. Each family was presented with a roll of honour.


Mr Rouhani reserved some of his final words for the supreme leader, declaring his appreciation for the Ayatollah’s guidance and stressing that negotiators had worked within these guidelines.

A delighted Rouhani promptly took to twitter:

Also not surprising is that unlike last time when the deal was scuttled in the last minute due to a block by France, this time Obama made a few phone calls to his socialist peer:

  • French President Francois Hollande “welcomes the conclusion of the Geneva negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program” in e-mailed statement by his office today.
    "The accord that was reached respects the demands imposed by France on the issues of uranium storage and enrichment, suspension of new facilities, and international control"
  • Agreement “constitutes a step toward the ending of Iran’s nuclear military program, and therefore toward the normalization of our relations with Iran”
  • "France will continue to work to reach a final agreement on this issue. The intermediate accord reached last night represents an  important step in the right direction”: Hollande

The other negotiating parties hailed the deal. From Iran's PressTV:

China, Germany and Russia have hailed the deal between Iran and the Sextet over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.


After more than four days of intense negotiations, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany sealed an interim deal in Geneva on Sunday morning to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.


According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the deal allows Iran to continue its activities at Arak, Fordow and Natanz facilities. The agreement also stipulates that no additional sanctions will be imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear energy program.


China on Sunday welcomed the deal, saying the agreement with Tehran would "help safeguard peace and stability in the Middle East".


German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle also hailed the agreement and said the nuclear deal marks “a turning point.”


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also praised the deal and stressed it would benefit all sides. "Nobody lost, everyone ends up winning," he said.

Kerry's own spin may not have actually mentioned "peace in our time" just yet, but it was vigorous regardless:

  • “We believe very strongly that because the Iranian nuclear program is actually set backwards and is actually locked into place in critical places, that that is better for Israel than if you were just continuing to go down the road and they rush towards a nuclear weapon”
  • “The basic architecture of the sanctions is staying in place. There is very little relief. We are convinced over the next few months, we will really be able to put to the test what Iran's intentions are,” Kerry told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.
  • “When you're dealing with nuclear weapons, it's not an issue of trust,” Kerry said. “Verification is the key.”

And the punchline:

  • Kerry: If Iran's nuclear program is really only for peaceful purposes, then "prove it"

Just how does one prove they are not doing something they are not doing? Anyway, all of this is merely more theatrics. As the AP reports, the deal was prepared secretly months in advance following secret talks between the US and Iran:

The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran's nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.


The discussions were kept hidden even from America's closest friends, including its negotiating partners and Israel, until two months ago, and that may explain how the nuclear accord appeared to come together so quickly after years of stalemate and fierce hostility between Iran and the West.


But the secrecy of the talks may also explain some of the tensions between the U.S. and France, which earlier this month balked at a proposed deal, and with Israel, which is furious about the agreement and has angrily denounced the diplomatic outreach to Tehran.


The talks were held in the Middle Eastern nation of Oman and elsewhere with only a tight circle of people in the know, the AP learned. Since March, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden's top foreign policy adviser, have met at least five times with Iranian officials.


The last four clandestine meetings, held since Iran's reform-minded President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated in August, produced much of the agreement later formally hammered out in negotiations in Geneva among the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran, said three senior administration officials. All spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss by name the highly sensitive diplomatic effort.


The AP was tipped to the first U.S.-Iranian meeting in March shortly after it occurred, but the White House and State Department disputed elements of the account and the AP could not confirm the meeting. The AP learned of further indications of secret diplomacy in the fall and pressed the White House and other officials further. As the Geneva talks appeared to be reaching their conclusion, senior administration officials confirmed to the AP the details of the extensive outreach.

Politics aside, Bloomberg reports on the actual elements of the deal:

Iran will get as much as $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions over six months under the first-step agreement reached today in Geneva, the Obama administration said.


In return for Iran limiting its nuclear program, the interim agreement provides for the release of $4.2 billion in frozen oil assets and will let Iran continue exporting oil at current levels, rather than forcing continued reductions by buyers, as would be required under current law, according to a White House statement.


The accord also will “suspend certain sanctions on gold and precious metals, Iran’s auto sector and Iran’s petrochemical exports, potentially providing Iran approximately $1.5 billion in revenue,” the administration said.


Israeli officials and some U.S. lawmakers have said sanctions should be tightened, not eased, to keep pressure on Iran. Rejecting those pleas, the U.S. and the five other countries negotiating with Iran have agreed to “not impose new nuclear-related sanctions for six months if Iran abides by its commitments under this deal, to the extent permissible within their political systems,” according to the White House statement.


The no-new-sanctions pledge will be tested when the U.S. Senate returns for legislative business on Dec. 9 after a Thanksgiving break. A group of 14 senators from both parties issued a statement last week pledging to “pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation as soon as possible.”


Critics of an interim accord in Congress and in Israel have predicted Iran would reap $20 billion or more in relief. U.S. officials have rejected such estimates and have said the accord won’t lift the most punishing sanctions -- those on oil sales and banking. The Obama administration estimated in its statement that Iran will continue to lose $4 billion a month in crude it otherwise would have exported.

Finally, while the cynics may say this was merely yet another attempt to redirect attention from the Obamacare debacle especially since Iran's nuclear power plants have been controlled by US-Israel made computer virus Stuxnet for years, we will one-up their cynicism and this was all merely an advertising photo op for Nike:

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fonzannoon's picture

Look at that guy in the picture. He looks like an alien trying to look human.

TBT or not TBT's picture

If only she was Persian rather than the child of American communists. Most Iranians understand who the mullahs are and what they do.

CheapBastard's picture

Everyone has a stake in this.

The Chinese want to buy the Iranian houses...the US wants Iranian oil...Israel wants peace.....

TBT or not TBT's picture

I'd like to visit Persepolis and much else there. Iran isn't an Arab shithole. It's a great culture under an awful dictatorship

tsx500's picture

If you like your centrifuges , you can keep your centrifuges. Period.

SWRichmond's picture

For their next trick, Iran will now sell oil to China priced in Yuan.


Occident Mortal's picture

US is pursuing a slash and burn policy as they pull out of MENA on the basis that domestic shale is enough.

The margin between WTI and Brent is evidence of this, and US foreign policy is to increase this margin.

smlbizman's picture

its like looking into the starting gate at belmont.....

So What's picture

Am I the only confused about how ZH is opening this news?
WHy does ZH open this news with quote from Chamberlain and compare it to appeasement of Germany? Is ZH now a zionist site?

Iran should never give up its nuclear option. Without it, it's dead, like Iraq, Libya, Syria. Unlike North Korea. The lesson is clear.

chumbawamba's picture

It's only to appease the zionist readership.  If you actually read the rest of the article it's quite clear what this deal really means: the US is now the satrap of other global powers.

I am Chumbawamba.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Actually, Chumba, it is all the fault of Queen Elizabeth II.  I thought this was well known.  It is the Old Royalty that has all the money.

He is, really he is, Chumbawamba.  And don't you forget it.



Here's an interesting comment with link just put up by "TPTB_r_TBTF" re Queen Elizabeth II:


quintago's picture

Oh how the French have come around. My favorite pic of Iranian FM with France's.... somebody got a good deal.




So What's picture

Ok so it's true that ZH is now a propaganda site for zionism. and Tyler- whoever they are- is zionist stooge.

There has been rumor but this really confirms it. No denying it now.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

It's a rumor your membership will be deleted before you have 11 weeks.

Trampy's picture

Yes, Iran should not surrender its right to develop nuclear technology which might eventually be the starting point for a weapons program to counter the rogue nuclear-armed warmongering zionist regime which, alied with the U.S. and U.K., comprise the true Axis of Evil in today's world.

Enriching natural uranium to 20% U-235 in no way means they are pursuing a weapons program; 20% is needed for efficient production of medical isotopes and 20% is also needed to run a test reactor worthy of that appellation.  I know this first-hand.

BigJim's picture

 It remains to be seen if appeasing Iran will lead to yet another anschluss or worse,..

LOL.. 'Tyler's' a bit confused on this one... the only country doing the appeasing here is Iran.

So, will be be seeing a bunch of hasbara-toned posts from ZH going forward? Inquiring readers want to know.

disabledvet's picture

as i recall it is Iraq that attacked Iran first but i could be mistaken. Comparing the Moohlah's in Iran to Hitler is beyond ridiculous. They do have American blood on their hands of course...and had no problem allowing the Bin Laden clan refuge. Not sure about the Taliban of course. "moving on" from all this is not going to be easy. the term "diplomacy" is rarely synonymous with victory...although the USA would never have been the country it is today without victorious diplomacy. all i have to say to whoever wrote this article is "you want this war...you pay for it."

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

diabledvet said:

as i recall it is Iraq that attacked Iran first but i could be mistaken.

That is correct, it was Iraq that attacked Iran.

They do have American blood on their hands of course...

Please explain.

and had no problem allowing the Bin Laden clan refuge.

One wife and six children, living under house arrest, according to an unsourced story in the CS Monitor from 2009. They offered them to the US, who turned them down.

Not sure about the Taliban of course. "moving on" from all this is not going to be easy.

There's certainly a lot to atone for.


boogerbently's picture

NOTHING will improve around the world until democrats, HERE, recognize Obama for the radical, black muslim that he is. 

Their "head in the sand" technique will only work so long.

How many democrats have exponentially higher insurance premiums and deductibles, or were cancelled outright, because of obamacare?

The democratic party can not be carried by the votes of illegals, ghetto dwellers and dead people, alone.



Save your "red is blue", "our vote doesn't matter" crap comments.

john39's picture

Obama... saving muslims by (drum roll... ) killing them everywhere?

BigJim's picture

Yes, Obama is a 'Muslim' the way Stalin was a Catholic.

Though, to be fair, as Muhammed (May Peace Be Upon Him!) was a general, he's not quite in the same 'turn the other cheek' league as good ol' Jeebus.

0b1knob's picture

Hitler was a Catholic.   He was also a vegetarian.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Maybe if he ate 'cat' (wink, wink) more often...

Seriously, though, that fucked killed more Catholics than Jews. Which why it's a miracle that European Catholics are still Catholic. Fucking sheep.

Oldwood's picture

Muslims, Jews or even Christians have seldom hesitated in the wholesale murder of their own people when it advanced their agenda. Do you think that just becasue Obama is a self described black that he has advanced the cause of any but a very few blacks since his presidency. We can't judge any of these players on what they say or even who they say they are. If we could accurately predict any of this there wouldn't be much of a conversation at all. We just know it will end badly and any trust in the assholes running this shit will only accelerate it. They seem to live for our delusional approval.

Montezuma's picture

Well.. they had elected socialist leader and Islam wasnt that big deal, it was the main religion but they were more secular... then some idiots wanted to play spy games and do some overthrowing.



fockewulf190's picture

Everytime is see John Kerry, Herman Munster pops up in my mind.  Sorry Herman.

t0mmyBerg's picture

but isnt it an awful arab dictatorship?  I dont think the mullahs are native persians, or are they?

walküre's picture

Israel wants peace? Only in a world (order) that they dominate. If they want peace, why do they contiously piss everyone off? Israel is a small IRRELEVANT rubble of dirt on the Eastern Med. Just like many other IRRLEVANT rubbles of dirt on this planet. Fairy tales aside, it makes no difference if we're talking Tel Aviv or Damascus.

Good deal for Iran. Let business resume its course. Iran has some great stories of its own.

RSloane's picture

Congratulations Iran on overcoming the absolute criminal sanctions against you by the US and pursuing your own energy interests. I also thank Russia and Germany for contributing so much to the language of this agreement. Kerry and Obama came in after much of the work was done, but according to the US MSM its their work.

Oldwood's picture

I know I feel like a "winner". Maybe Obama will give us all one month free of Obamacare in celebration.

supermaxedout's picture

I was wondering the whole time why in hell Germanys Foreign Minister Westerwelle  is taking part in the conference. 

My explantion is like this: Guido Westerwelle was not participating for Germany (which is still occupied by US troops) but in the interest of all other Euroland countries including Germany of course.   But not in trhe interest of France  which started under Sarkozy and Hollande new colonial wars, something completely not agreed upon by the rest of Euroland with Germany at the front.

US, UK, France did have a complete different political agenda as Euroland minus France. Westerwelle was at the table representing the interests of Germany, Italy, Poland etc. since the official EU representative Ms. Ashton (which was also participating in Geneva I believe) is getting its orders from US/UK Nato in Brussels.

Ignatius's picture

Wake up!  Persia is on the move, man,  and they want their rugs back.


BigJim's picture

I, for one, welcome our new Iranian overlords!

I mean, they've got, like 5000 Nuclear weapons and 14 aircraft carriers, right, so it's only a matter of time.

it aint easy's picture

Nah, if anything comes from all this it'll be a Mossad false flag op.

Ignatius's picture

I don't want to imagine living in a world without Persian rugs.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

yep, the israeli regime and saudi arabian regime are the 2 most dangerous in the world. they exist but for the protection they are granted through guilt or payment, and whine about existential threats against them while featuring overt terror, racism as mainstays of both d9mestic and foreign policy.


my fear here is this is binyamin milikowski aka netanyahu's green light to start w3.

Wahooo's picture

What does Hitler have to say about it?

SamAdams1234's picture

Did Isreal agree to join the Nuclear non-proliferation pact? Did Isreal agree to disclose its nuclear bomb holdings?

SamAdams1234's picture

Did Isreal agree to join the Nuclear non-proliferation pact? Did Isreal agree to disclose its nuclear bomb holdings?

Chuck Walla's picture

And Braack will sell out anyone to get a photo pop. Or whatever else he wants...


Freddie's picture

If you want your nuclear weapons, you can keep your nuclear weapons.

ZH Snob's picture

this agreement will not bring peace.  indeed, it will exacerbate the march to war.  call me a cynic, but I sincerely question the true motivations of this administration for their apparent conciliations.  they must know the Israel's back is now against the wall. 

could this be a wink-wink for everyone to get the war they've always wanted?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Is that Michelle or Secretary Kerry under the desk in that last photo of the President?

mofreedom's picture

Jeans and tennis shoess in the oval office?  What's next oral sex?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Did you notice the B&W of Kerry.  He looks like he's been in a prize fight his eyes have "bruising" around them.

Was it the result of a three way with Obama and B.B. in coming to an agreement on the treaty?

AgileArjuna's picture

Ghost written by Curtis LeMay?