National Security Desk / March 8, 2016

Iranian Nukes: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

The deal was supposed to ensure more transparency and security.

It is irony indeed when the agreement with Iran that was supposed to ensure more transparency and more security from nuclear arms leads to the exact opposite result. On Monday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, told reporters that the agency tasked with ensuring the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons was hamstrung from reporting Iran’s potential violations of the deal … by the deal itself.

In the past, the IAEA monitored Iran’s nuclear program under the direction of resolutions passed by the UN Security Council and Board of Governors, but the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other world leaders wrote over the IAEA’s mission. When the deal was first announced, the Obama administration said it let Iran keep its nuclear program in exchange for increased transparency. The deal was supposed to ensure Iran wouldn’t weaponize its uranium for at least a decade or two. But now, the IAEA cannot disclose the amount of uranium and number of nuclear centrifuges in the country’s possession, even though Iran was supposed to reduce both as part of the agreement.

“Now Amano has revealed that the nuclear deal gutted the ability of journalists and the public to have insight into Iran’s nuclear activities,” The Israel Project’s Omri Ceren wrote. “In critical areas, it’s not even clear that the IAEA has been granted the promised access.” Let’s put this in context: There is nothing preventing a terrorist sponsoring state from developing a weapon of mass destruction, and realizing their mantra, “death to America.”

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