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Dissident: US Desperation Dooms Hopes for Solid Iran Nuke Deal

By    |   Thursday, 02 Jul 2015 07:57 PM

The United States is bending over backward to get a nuclear arms deal inked with Iran and in doing so is dooming the chances of any truly meaningful agreement, says Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

"You're dealing with a regime that is not a normal state," Jafarzadeh, a dissident Iranian living in exile in the United States, said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They're the worst leading state sponsor of terror, they're a major violator of human rights and they have been deceptive since Day One when they got engaged in their nuclear weapons program run by the Iranian revolutionary guards.

"The approach [to negotiating] if it's just constantly giving in, you're going to be doomed to give even more, but if … you are dealing with them from the position of decisiveness and firmness, then you'll see a change in the attitude of Tehran."

Unfortunately, Jafarzadeh said, the latter scenario isn't being played out — especially with Iran making more demands about how inspections of military sites are to be conducted.

"Iran has already been caught cheating. The whole reason we are negotiating is because of Iran's violations and you want to be able to be in a position to have surprise inspections. If you take away the element of surprise, that's going to be no good," he said.

Jafarzadeh — author of "The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis," published by Palgrave Macmillan Trade — is credited with having exposed secret Iranian nuclear development sites in Natanz and Arak in 2002.

"When it comes to the nuclear program of Iran, [it's] 'we're going to work with you, we're going to be creative.' The word 'creative' means that you're going to back down. We're going to give in more," he said.

Jafarzadeh is against extending the deadline of the nuclear talks.

"The whole issue of extension really means that there will be more time to give up more things to the Iranian regime. That's why we need to have strict deadlines and stick to those deadlines," he said.

The NCRI describes itself as "an inclusive and pluralistic parliament-in-exile" with more than 500 members, half of whom are women and include ethnic and religious minorities such as the Kurds, Baluchis, Armenians, Jews and Zoroastrians, and represent a broad spectrum of political tendencies in Iran.

The group's goal is "to establish a secular democratic republic in Iran, based on the separation of religion and state."

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