What began as talks by an international coalition to deny Iran a military nuclear option has devolved to the Obama administration negotiating with Tehran to limit its nuclear stash, an approach that “will be to move from preventing proliferation to managing it,” former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told to the Senate Armed Services Committee. In an editorial on Kissinger’s Jan. 29 remarks to the Senate, The Wall Street Journal points out that “the dean of American strategists who negotiated nuclear pacts with the Soviets in the 1970s,” who “always speaks with care not to undermine a U.S. administration” — has voiced grave concerns about the Obama administration’s anemic negotiations with Iran. “[Kissinger] is clearly worried about how far the U.S. has moved from its original negotiating position that Iran cannot enrich uranium or maintain thousands of centrifuges,” according to Journal.
“And he is concerned that these concessions will lead the world to perceive that such a deal would put Iran on the cusp of being a nuclear power.” A March 31 deadline is looming for an agreement to strike a comprehensive deal between Tehran and the P5+1 nations, which is comprised of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States, to contain Iran’s suspected nuclear program. Talks have been ongoing since an interim accord was reached in November 2013. Even if the world believes Iran’s nuclear sites have undergone valid inspections and all of its capabilities are known, it will forever alter the region, Kissinger said. “If the other countries in the region conclude that America has approved the development of an enrichment capability within one year of a nuclear weapon, and if they then insist on building the same capability, we will live in a proliferated world in which everybody — even if that agreement is maintained — will be very close to the trigger point,” he said. More