White House Denies Reports of Draft Iran Deal

Deal Reportedly Limits Iran to 6,000 Centrifuges

Details of a putative draft Iran nuclear deal are making the rounds after being reported by the Associated Press, which claims the deal includes cutting Iran’s current 10,000 centrifuges down to 6,000 in return for more immediate sanction relief.

Since the AP story was cowritten by the ever-hysterical George Jahn, the centrifuges, used to enrich uranium to low levels for power generation, are referred to as “machines it could use to make an atomic bomb.”

The article quotes unnamed diplomats familiar with the situation, though the White House has since issued a statement insisting that the reports are untrue, and that no draft deal exists yet.

That may well be the case, as Iran has also said they didn’t expect a deal this week. Both sides seem to be close, however, so what is being reported as a “draft deal” could indeed be the rough framework of it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.