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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 20, 2015
The supreme leader of Iran went off about Amer-
ican influence in his country, saying that even with
a newly struck nuclear deal, they will "block all
attempts of penetration of Iran."
Much of the concern seems to revolve around
American culture seeping into Iran---like the knockoff
fast food restaurants that have popped up in the
"We thought that they would bring Boeing tech-
nology, but they want to bring McDonald s," Gen
Mohammad Reza Naghdi, a leader of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corps, said last week, according
to the Times.
The New York Times reported earlier this month
that restaurants like Mash Donald s, Kabooki Fried
Chicken, and Pizza Hat have recently been spotted
in and around Tehran.
Imitations of popular American restaurants exist
because, while there is an appetite in Iran for American
food, the government s attitude toward the US makes
it nearly impossible for any genuine American food
franchise to operate there.
But there s been hope that might soon change.
The Times Tehran bureau chief Thomas Erdbrink
wrote that an agreement world powers reached to
limit Iran s capacity to acquire a nuclear weapon in
exchange for sanctions relief could "possibly portend
VIENNA---Iran will be allowed to use its own
inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused
of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under
a secret agreement with the UN agency that nor-
mally carries out such work, according to a doc-
ument seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation yesterday newly riled Republican
lawmakers in the US who have been severely critical
of a broader agreement to limit Iran s future nuclear
programmes, signed by the Obama administration,
Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have
complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on
trust of the Iranians, while the administration has
insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
"International inspections should be done by inter-
national inspectors. Period. The standard of any-
where, anytime inspections---so critical to a viable
agreement---has dropped to when Iran wants, where
Iran wants, on Iran s terms, " said US House Foreign
Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce in a reaction
typical of opponents of the broader deal.
The newly disclosed side agreement, for an inves-
tigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the UN s Inter-
national Atomic Energy Agency, is linked to persistent
allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons.
That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear-
Evidence of the inspections concession, as outlined
in the document, is sure to increase pressure from
US congressional opponents before a Senate vote of
disapproval on the overall agreement in early Sep-
tember. If the resolution passes and President Barack
Obama vetoes it, opponents would need a two-thirds
majority to override it. Even Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has suggested oppo-
nents will likely lose a veto fight, though that was
before yesterday s disclosure.
John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Repub-
lican senator, said, "Trusting Iran to inspect its own
nuclear site and report to the UN in an open and
transparent way is remarkably naive and incredibly
reckless. This revelation only reinforces the deep-
seated concerns the American people have about the
UN to let Iran
nuke work site
Supreme leader not happy about
McDonald's knockoff in Tehran
a change in Iranian revolutionary attitudes
toward American companies."
Not if Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has anything
to do with it. Iran s supreme leader gave a speech
at his office complex and sent out tweets this
week to decry this possibility.
Other Iranian officials seem open to increased
relations with the US, the Times notes.
And many everyday Iranians seem open to
American influence as well. The Times points
out that other American brands---like Apple,
Nike, Coca-Cola, and Crest---are already popular
potatoes at Mash
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