Former CIA Director Michael Hayden believes the U.S. won’t meet the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran by its self-imposed June 30 deadline.
And he’s even more sure that the advantage in talks right now belongs to Tehran.
“I would actually fear that the Iranians have the upper hand right now,” Hayden told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
He said he hoped this wasn’t the final round of talks because the current deal doesn’t do enough to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
“We get them out of the penalty box for their nuclear activities,” he said. “Then they’re free and empowered to do all their other activities in the region.”
Hayden added that “anytime, anywhere” inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities are a must for any deal to achieve the goals of the United States and its allies in stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
“We need the ability for the IAEA, the UN body [International Atomic Energy Agency], to go places,” he told Wallace.
He added that Secretary of State John Kerry should not dismiss what Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini says on Twitter about not allowing inspections at military facilities.
“Now we’re down to brass tacks,” he said. “What it is they say has to be what they actually agreed to.”
In other words, we have to trust Iran’s word.
Not a good position to be in.
Especially when they have the upper hand.
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