Iran expert: White House may let Iran keep partial domestic enrichment program

There is a growing possibility that the U.S. would allow Iran to partially keep its uranium enrichment program under a final deal with Tehran, according to Adam Kredo, a senior writer at the Washington Free Beacon.

It’s unclear what the exact details might be, but this option may shape a plan that both the White House and Tehran could accept in a long-term agreement.

“They [White House] told me they are exploring opportunities and ways to allow Iran to have some sort of domestic enrichment program,” said Kredo in an interview with Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland. “Just how far they [Iran] could go with enrichment remains unclear.”

Kredo said there is a possibility that the series of P5+1 talks with Tehran will eventually lead to a final deal, but he cautioned that initial points decided in November have not been implemented yet.

“The deal has not begun – that means Iran is not required to halt its enrichment program until we hash out the final details of this deal … so it’s a really a deal to talk about having a deal,” said Kredo.

He added the Iranians could drag out negotiations, predicting, “we could see this talks go on for quite bit.”

This week, Iran is continuing to pressure the European Union and the U.S. to suspend some sanctions against Tehran as a part of the initial agreement.

“Now when the Iranians see we’re not serious about enforcing or that we’re hesitating the ‘sanction’s wall’… it begins to crumble and we’re in a position where we have to plug up holes … when the global market starts to go back into the Iranian market,” said Kredo.