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Avtalen om Irans atomprogram trådte i kraft lørdag da IAEA godkjente at Iran hadde oppfylt betingelsene: Sendt anriket uran ut av landet, stengt ned tungtvannsreaktoren i Arak og satt sentrifugene på lager. Landet får 100 milliarder dollar og er igjen del av det internasjonale finanssystemet.

Det er en enorm seier for regimet, der hardlinere og konservative har spilt bad cop og good cop for å oppnå maksimalt av særlig USA. De konservative har kunnet appelere til liberalerne i USA om å være medgjørlige ellers tar hardlinerne over. Dette påskuddet kunne i sin tur hardlinerne utnytte til å ydmyke USA, flere ganger opp til avtalen trådte i kraft.

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Så sent som denne uken ble to team med US Marines anholdt og vist frem i ydmykende positurer. John Kerry skal ha bedt om unnskyldning, noe han nekter for.

Som en Iran-ekspert kommenterte: Amerikanske marines er i iransk fangenskap dagen før Obama skal holde sin siste State of the Union og han nevner det ikke en gang.

Obama-administrasjonen har vært så oppsatt på at avtalen skal tre i kraft at den har vært villig til å finne seg i nesten hva det skal være: Iran har prøveskutt missiler, skutt dem nær amerikanske skip og den senere tid er flere andre amerikanere tatt som fanger, eller gisler.

Fire amerikanere slapp løs lørdag i bytte mot fem iranere i amerikanske fengsler. Blant de løslatte var Teheran-korrespondenten til Washington Post. At Obama i det hele tatt gikk med på å forhandle med amerikaere i iranske fengsler, blir av mange sett på som et knefall.

In Washington, the deal is even more contentious politically now than it was when it was signed with Iran six months ago in Vienna by the governments of the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union. Videos of kneeling U.S. sailors detained this week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard navy have outraged many in Congress who were already incensed by the agreement. The sailors, whose boat strayed into Iranian waters, were released Wednesday after being held overnight.

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“Detainment of the US sailors was short, but the IRGC achieved its goal: The IRGC communicated the message to the domestic and the international audience that it calls the shots in Tehran, and humiliated the US,” Ali Alfoneh, an Iran expert and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington- based think tank, told The Jerusalem Post.

Harold Rhode, a distinguished senior fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute and a former adviser at the Pentagon, told the Post that much of the equipment on the US boats was probably previously unavailable to Iran.

“Did Iran take US equipment? Will it share what it learns with North Korea, Russia and China?” “There is no concept of good will in the Middle East,” said the former Pentagon official.

The fact that until to now the US has not reacted on numerous issues – such as Iran’s testing of a ballistic missile in October in violation of a UN Security Council resolution and the firing of rockets near US naval ships – “demonstrates America’s weakness to Middle Easterners,” Rhode said.

“This is another case of America demonstrating that it is an unreliable ally and a harmless enemy,” he added.

“In the Middle East, when people smell weakness, they pounce,” said Rhode.

“Most amazingly from the Iranian point of view,” he continued, “is that they captured these sailors right before Obama’s State of the Union speech, and the president didn’t even mention it.”

“Did the Iranians do that on purpose to further humiliate Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry? From an Iranian cultural point of view, the answer is yes!” exclaimed Rhode.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/world-leaders-gathered-in-anticipation-of-iran-sanctions-being-lifted/2016/01/16/72b8295e-babf-11e5-99f3-184bc379b12d_story.html

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/Former-Pentagon-official-to-Post-Iran-humiliating-US-with-no-consequences-441451