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Ex-Ambassador Javits: Iran Framework 'Incomplete'

By    |   Tuesday, 07 April 2015 03:08 PM

Former ambassador Eric Javits tells Newsmax TV that the proposed nuclear deal with Iran seems to be missing essential components.

"The framework itself seems to be incomplete. The details are still unknown," Javits, who was Ambassador and Permanent U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague under former President George W. Bush.

"There's an awful lot of work to make a framework agreement a real agreement, and I'm afraid that the things we really need are not even in the framework agreement," he explained to John Bachman and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Tuesday.

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The framework agreement with Iran over its nuclear program was reached on Thursday between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, China and the European Union.

One of those key provisions missing, Javits explained, is the ability to do snap inspections "anytime, any place."

"You have the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency], which is essentially a UN bureaucracy. Right now, if they want to do an inspection, they have to do it to a declared facility," he said.

"They can't go anywhere, any time on very short notice so how are they going to discover anything?" he asked. 

"If they happen to have to rely upon environmental testing like air samples and so forth, that may take weeks. If it looks suspicious —  another test round, another couple of weeks," he explained.

"Then, they have to present that to the UN IAEA and to the UN Security Council — that's maybe a month or two of screening further," he added. "It's a bureaucracy."

The former U.S. ambassador says that one of the problems is that President Barack Obama is motivated to have this deal completed "for his legacy" and because of that, he's not willing to walk away if it's not a good deal.

"I'm sure [Secretary of State John] Kerry is doing the best he can, but if you don't have the real threat of walking away from the table, you can't negotiate successfully," he explained. 

"Because [Kerry's] serving Obama, who wants this, he hasn't been able to walk away from the table," he added.

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