There is a video available at the link. I can't embed it unfortunately.
Do take the six minutes to watch it
Pepe rightly calls the beginning of the "spin war" and assumes the spin war will continue for the next six months.... I agree
He also states that Iran has no interest in breaking the deal. None. Therefore, they won't.
Reference is made back to the news of clandestine meetings, mentioned in the previous post.
....P5+1 make a deal with Iran. Israel steams. Clandestine Meetings
Anyway........ here is Pepe from RT
Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of world powers in Geneva has
triggered a spin war which will last for the next 6 months, as many of
the parties involved will pursue their own business interests in this
situation, journalist Pepe Escobar told RT.
RT: As we see, US Secretary of State John
Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif came out of the
talks with different views. Why's there such diversity in the
interpretation of the deal?
Pepe Escobar: Because the spin war started at 3am in
Geneva. It’s going to go on for another six months, until May
2014, that’s the duration of this “first step” deal.
[It’s] very important: Kerry had to say [this] so that he could
appease the Israel lobby, the US Congress and the Wahhabi
petrodollar lobby in the US, not to mention some neocons in the
US as well, [who are] still very powerful.
In Iran it’s different. They are saying, “We still have our right
to enrich uranium,” and this is correct, because they will keep
enriching uranium to 5 percent for the next six months, [while]
20 percent [enrichment] is frozen. They will discuss… the next
deal, which will be the definitive deal, starting from May 2014.
And all the 20 percent enriched uranium that they have is going
to be diluted, so it cannot be used later on for weapons-grade
RT: As you’ve said, the spin war has started, but how
that would affect the implementation of the deal now and six
months down the road? Who will eventually benefit from it, if the
two sides have such diverse opinions? Won’t it stall one day at
PE: No, we have to follow the letter of the agreement.
This means enrichment until 5 percent OK, no further enrichment
till 20 percent for the next six months, no new centrifuges. If
Iran follows this – they are abiding by the deal, no problem.
The thing is, if among these IAEA inspectors [who] should be in
Iran practically on a daily basis from now on, if you had the
usual Eiffel traders [Parisian residents who fraudulently “sell”
the Eiffel Tower to unsuspecting visitors – RT] who start
spinning something else.
I’m sure Iran won’t break their promises, it’s in their own
interest not to break any promise.
RT: It's emerged that Washington was engaged in secret
talks with Iran long before the Geneva agreement, and even their
closest allies were unaware. What do you make of this?
PE: Look, this is an extremely complex negotiation. Can
you imagine that you have sherpas going to Geneva a month or
three weeks ago, and hammering out the final deal so [that] we
have foreign ministers [who] can sign it? It’s impossible.
Sherpas usually start such things months in advance and obviously
we had America’s sherpas, Iranian sherpas and Russian sherpas,
these are the ones that count. Britain and France are spectators;
they don’t count at all.
France counts [regarding] the 20 percent [enriched uranium],
because they have cornered the market in medical isotopes. If
Iran reaches 20 percent enrichment and starts selling their own
medical isotopes cheaper, especially to the developing world,
it’s not a good deal for France. So for the moment France is
protecting its business interests.
RT: Let’s turn to America’s assessment of the
situation, specifically what President Obama said. Looking at the
Geneva deal, he said this is just a first step to reach a
comprehensive solution in the future. What in your opinion would
make Washington consider a full agreement?
PE: Obama is correct when he said, “This is the first
step.” But, very important, the way he said it was very
condescending, in fact even insulting, to Iran. He said nothing
about Iranians’ role in the deal, mentioning only the role of
absurd sanctions, which should be dismantled, because most of the
sanctions bypass the UN, like Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov has been saying for months in fact.
Very important, for the next few months: follow the money. The
Americans say they are going to unfreeze some of the Iranian
money, perhaps $32 billion or even more. There is $10 billion in
European banks. These are not going to be unfrozen. If the US
unfreezes $4 to $5 billion – Obama can do it by executive order,
bypassing the US Congress.
RT: John Kerry believes the sanctions have done their
job and were quite helpful in sealing this deal. To what extent
do you agree with this?
PE: In fact, it is the Iranian population that is paying
the price of the sanctions; the Iranian government has found ways
to bypass it. They’re selling, or bartering or trading energy,
especially with their Asian customers. You know how much money
Iran has [with] mostly Asian clients, China, Japan, Turkey and
South Korea? $50 billion, [yet] they still cannot bring that
money to Iran, so they have to buy products from these countries.
So this is something that must be hammered out in the next
For the moment we have a breakthrough – it’s going to last for
six months. There will be all sorts of interests that will try to
bombard this deal; I’m saying especially about Wahhabi
petrodollar monarchy interests and the Israeli lobby as well.
But for the moment we have diplomacy in action, something that we
haven’t seen, especially between Iran and the US, for 34 years.
This is the major breakthrough at the moment. But we have to be