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Submitted by Saul Stein (United States), Aug 20, 2015 at 10:01

It's possible that Khamenei, who is the only power that really matters in Iran, could veto the deal he previously celebrated because he fears opening Iran's economy to International trade and the risks of long term moderation in Iranian zealotry, but there's another option. What Iran really needs in the short term is access to the $150 or more of oil revenues being held in U.S. Accounts that has been denied them by previous U.S. Governments due to their support for terrorism, etc. The Iran Deal as currently structured, provides for most, if not all of that money to be released to the Iranian Government within 2-3 years, perhaps even sooner. That money will be used to quiet internal descent by the masses while Iran completes building its initial batch of nuclear weapons. With that completed, economic ties to European and American companies and the social influence it brings can be cut off, as nuclear blackmail will become the new primary export from Iran.

I submit that Khamenie will approve the deal, even if he feigns concerns. Getting back that money has always been the primary Iranian objective for these misguided negotiatons. It's all about becoming a nuclear power and further consolidating political power in the hands of the Mullah Theocracy.

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