- - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Iran, it seems, has no intention of living up to the nuclear deal that the Obama administration negotiated with the international community.

Fox News reports that the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently issued a statement on sanctions relief, saying that the measures put in place against the Islamist regime have to be rescinded entirely before any progress on Iran slowing its nuclear program are implemented.

The Ayatollah stated that “sanctions should be lifted entirely, not just suspended — and said “there will be no deal” unless this is done. He warned, “that if sanctions are only suspended, Iran, in turn, will only ‘suspend’ nuclear activities cited in the deal.” He also called for a parliamentary vote on the deal, though it’s unclear whether that will happen.

Many Republicans and no small number of Democratic lawmakers have criticized the agreement, saying that Iran had no intention of stopping its nuclear program and was only using the ‘negotiations’ to stall for time. Reports that the IAEA was going to allow Iran to inspect its own nuclear facilities for traces of nuclear activity also created a large outcry among those not trusting the Obama administration’s claim that Iran will indeed curtail its desire to become a nuclear power.

The U.S. State Department seemed unfazed by the Iranian demand, stating: “We’ve long said that we’re not going to comment on or react to every statement attributed to the Iranian leadership. Our focus is on implementing the deal, and verifying that Iran completes its key nuclear steps under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. There is no renegotiation, and the nuclear-related sanctions relief that Iran will receive once the IAEA verifies that it has completed its nuclear steps is clearly spelled out in the text of the [agreement].”

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