Why the JCPOA failed first time around, and will probably fail again: No US dollar exchange permitted.

Former UK ambassador Sir Richard Dalton wrote a piece back June 2016 in Asian Affairs explaining seven problems with the implementation of the JCPOA. The very first item on his list, is: not re-authorizing U-turn transactions in dollars (for reasons related to current US politics), thereby maintaining a sanction that was originally enacted to get… Continue reading Why the JCPOA failed first time around, and will probably fail again: No US dollar exchange permitted.

Why Blame Iran in JCPOA talks?

The standoff in the JCPOA talks is a redux of past failed deals; the standoff is not attributable to Iranian “intransigence” a much as domestic U.S. constraints on Biden and prior presidents, that prevented any real lifting of sanctions, leaving nothing to negotiate with but threats of Plan B and attempts at blame-shifting. This whole… Continue reading Why Blame Iran in JCPOA talks?

Questioning “breakout capability” as a constraint in Iran JCPOA talks

The concept of “preventing breakout capability in Iran” is a false and artificial constraint on the US nuclear talks with Iran. Timeline of media mentions of “breakout capability” in general: Number of times “breakout capability” was mentioned in the media since 1981: 5,973* Number of times “breakout capability” was mentioned in the media excluding “Iran”:… Continue reading Questioning “breakout capability” as a constraint in Iran JCPOA talks