The deal open to Iran presently is a fuel swap. Give up enrichment in exchange for fuel. No domestic fuel. no possibility of enrichment to wep grade. no bomb. But this leaves Iran's energy security subject to international whims so they won't accept it. Despite the NPT allowing Iran to enrich, the US does not trust Iran with it and has not for a long time. The politics between the two countries is the primary reason. It thoroughly queers perceptions.
About hidden activity & Qom ie Fordow, had posted a link earlier in the thread that said given Iran did not ratify the additional protocols of the NPT, they are not obliged to inform the IAEA about any plants until 6 months after the plant is in operation. The link explained that Frodow wasn't as hidden as made out in the media. The plans etc were made availaible to the concerned authorities at the time. Fordow went online in Jan, i expect inspectors to get access by June. Same applies to any plant that's in planning or about to open in the future. That link was enough to give me pause about the statements that are frequently made about compliance or alleged violations. There are a lot of details in here which get lost in the MSM.
Still there are quirks here & there which muddy the water like why build Fordow under a mountain when Natanz is not and has ten times the capacity.
Meanwhile in the background lurks the very real possibility that if Iran can enrich to 20%, then its also possible to enrich to weapons grade. So you can constuct any negative scenario from that and its very diffcult to refute. Proving a negative always was.
Was reading another book from a think tank here about Iran and it said..
What difference does it make if the hostility is due to strategic reasons rather than idealogical ?The point to bear in mind, however, is that the hostility between Islamic Iran and Jewish Israel is due to strategic and not ideological reasons. Israel sees any large and strong country in the region a serious threat to its security, except those like Egypt and Turkey who are enmeshed in the web of security interests of the West. A strong Iran, even without nuclear weapons, comes in the way of Israel’s policies in the region.
For me it means that Israel isn't as implacable a foe to Iran than had the hostility been idealogical.