“Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before,” Rouhani said in a statement broadcast live on television in Iran on Sunday morning.
The mullahs immediately set to work to define Kerry’s folly as a license, not as disarmament or the build-down the president and John Kerry are selling it as.
Not even Chuck Schumer is trying to sugar-coat this terrible deal. From the New York Times:
“It was strong sanctions, not the goodness of the hearts of the Iranian leaders, that brought Iran to the table,” Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said Sunday.
Mr. Schumer said he would support a push in the Senate to pass additional sanctions against Iran after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving break.
He should because the deal is obviously and terribly flawed. Inspectors aren’t even allowed into key sites, as the Wall Street Journal notes:
As for inspections, Mr. Obama hailed “extensive access” that will “allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments.” One problem is that Iran hasn’t ratified the additional protocol to its International Atomic Energy Agency agreement that would allow inspections on demand at such sites as Parchin, which remain off limits. Iran can also oust U.N. inspectors at any time, much as North Korea did.
Nothing to halt the deal from going forward can be done by critics of the president at home, but much can and will be done by Israel and the Arab states aligned with its realistic view of the mullahs. And not just rebukes by Israel’s Prime Minister to the president.
The first step will be to turn the control of the Senate over to non-enablers of this feckless, almost incoherent president who has moved from threatening to bomb Iran-surrogate Syria to giving away a hard-won sanctions regime against Iran to Iran in a matter of three months.