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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Iran Nuclear Agreement!

Breaking......CBS News. Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran and world powers reach a deal on dismantling Iranians nuclear program. A program that previous GOP US administrations supported. If fact, during the Ford Administration, Cheney and Wolfowitz (Iraq War conspirators and perpetrators) encouraged US backing of Iran's nuclear programs. During the Reagan Administration the US and Iran partnered on deals that emblazoned Ronald Reagan's  legacy unmatched in US history: Iran-Contra "Arms for Hostages." 

GOP policy (and practice) as far back as the early 1970s set the stage for national and international "messes" President Obama has worked to move to a metaphorical shelf labelled "Resolved, Non-issue").  

The following infographic was published last fall by Al Jazeera. 

Infographic: Timeline expands on the history of U.S.-Iran relations in light of recent nuclear talks

Last November, the world found-out that President Obama had again fulfilled a campaign item. He would hold talks with Iran focused on disarming or eliminating Iran's Nuclear development, thus alleviating a major threat to the security of Israel and the region. Despite overwhelming public an and behind the scenes obstruction, a president moved forward as promised and may very well have provided validity on the too early (in his first term) decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Last November, the well publicized deal did not come to fruition.  It appears Secretary of State Kerry, Iran leaders and, yes, Obama have come to a point of "deal agreement."   Apparently, the November deal included the following.

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Iran and world powers reach agreement on nuclear deal start

January 12, 2013
“Beginning January 20th, Iran will for the first time start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium and dismantling some of the infrastructure that makes such enrichment possible,” President Obama said in a statement. “Iran has agreed to limit its enrichment capability by not installing or starting up additional centrifuges or using next-generation centrifuges. New and more frequent inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites will allow the world to verify that Iran is keeping its commitments. Taken together, these and other steps will advance our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."  
Iranian’s official state news agency also reported the news, quoting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, but did not offer further details.
Under the November agreement, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent - the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium - which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material - and to neutralize its 20 percent stockpile. 
Despite all of the superficial distractions from the Right, and real self-induced distractions (i.e. ACA roll-out, NSA monitoring) a president moves the nation, and the world,  forward with real leadership.

Leadership when we do not see it or hear it is much more valid and substantial than superficial noise many consider leadership.

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