Former President Barack Obama and other world leaders created and signed off on what has become known as the “Iran Deal” in 2015. Many people were upset about it.
They felt the U.S. and five other nations were “giving away the store.” The deal provided Iran with ridiculous sums of money to stop its nuclear ambitions.
Those against this deal were skeptical. They believed it would be impossible to keep an eye on the activities of this sponsor of terrorism.
Well, guess what? The world’s attention has been on North Korea and Kim Jong Un’s reckless tests and threats. Meanwhile, Iran has been quietly doing what we all knew it would do. Continuing to try to develop nuclear weapons and hide that fact from inspectors.
A new investigative report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) says Iran’s nuclear weapons program has not stopped.
Iran Threatens to Send “Some Shocks” Our Way
More on that report in a moment. Recently, President Donald Trump chose to not re-certify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. (That’s the official name of the “Iran Deal.”)
That means it’s up to Congress to decide how to revise the agreement or place new sanctions on Iran.
Iran has been trying to fly under the radar. But now that the deal they loved so much is in jeopardy, their harsh rhetoric and threats are starting up again.
An Iranian armed forces spokesperson said recently that it might be time to “teach Americans new lessons.”
The spokesperson added that the Trump Administration “needs some shocks to understand the new meaning of power in the world.”
Surprise, Surprise! Iran Still Pursuing Nukes
Back to that report I mentioned. Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the Washington office of the NCRI, said this about Iran:
“It has been known for years that Iran has two nuclear programs. One is civilian and the other, the military, has the goal of giving Iran its first nuclear bomb,” he said.
“The civilian sector of the nuclear program has systematically provided a plausible logistical cover for the military sector, and acts as a conduit for it. The military aspect of the program has been and remains at the heart of Iran’s nuclear activities.”
Earlier this year, the NCRI discovered a new military location being used by the Iranian Resistance.
Jafarzadeh added, “The more we investigated, the more we realized that the weaponization program is fully operational. The military sector… has never halted its work. And key figures in the sector have remained unchanged.”
Iran Claims It’s Complying, But Refuses Access
There has been one major problem with trying to make sure Iran follows the deal. And that has been gaining access to their military sites. Iran has refused to allow the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency, known as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to inspect those sites.
Jafarzadeh says that Iran’s military complexes where nuclear-related activities are conducted have many tunnels and silos.
So, when Iran believes inspectors are getting too close to something they don’t want seen, they run. They move their operations through a tunnel to a different silo.
Jafarzadeh notes how difficult this makes things for inspectors. “This makes pinpointing the exact location of nuclear research and activities more challenging. And reduces the chance of exposure.”
He added this statement. “What is even more troubling is that none of the key nuclear sites situated in military centers have been inspected by the IAEA. Certainly not since the (Iran Deal was completed).”
Is More Evidence Needed?
There is overwhelming evidence that Iran is trying to hide its nuclear ambitions from the world.
But some world leaders and U.S. lawmakers oppose everything Trump tries to do. And claim the IAEA has done a good job of making sure Iran complies with the deal.
The NCRI report does not agree with that claim.
Not one to shy away from a battle of words, Trump piped in about Iran. “Given the regime’s murderous past and present, we should not take lightly its sinister vision for the future,” he said.
What Do You Think?
I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty nervous living in a world where Iran has nuclear bombs.
Do you think Congress should leave the Iran Deal alone and trust the UN to closely watch Iran?
Do you believe the U.S. should create a different deal imposing strict sanctions on Iran if it doesn’t give inspectors the access they need?
Or do you have a different idea about how we should deal with the nuclear threat from Iran?
Leave a comment below and share with us your thoughts.
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