A key House Republican on Wednesday pointed to the latest reported concession by the Obama administration as proof that any nuclear deal that emerges from the current round of talks will be a bad one.
A confidential draft negotiating document obtained by the Associated Press indicated that the United States and its international partners were willing to offer Iran state-of-the-art nuclear technology in exchange for limiting programs that could make nuclear weapons.
Among the items discussed in the draft disclosed Wednesday is a promise to supply Iran with light-water reactors to replace the heavy-water facility at Arak, which could produce bomb-grade plutonium.
“The Obama administration is dropping its bottom-line by the day,” said House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif. “These continued concessions only embolden Iran’s leaders to press for more.”
It’s not entirely surprising that the United States and the other members of the P5+1 countries — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — would offer Iran new technology to replace Arak. The framework announced April 2 that is supposed to be the basis for a final deal said Iran had agreed to replace the reactor at Arak with a new one “based on a design that is agreed to by the P5+1,” according to a State Department fact sheet. Iran also agreed not to build any new heavy-water reactors for 15 years.