National Security Desk / September 2, 2016

More Secret Side Deals for Iran

Yet another Obama gift to the mullahs comes to light.

It seems like every time we report on Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran (or Hillary Clinton’s scandals, or ObamaCare, etc., etc.), things get worse. David Albright and Andrea Stricker of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS — yeah, we know), a DC think tank specializing in nuclear issues, reveal the latest problem. They write, “We have learned that some nuclear stocks and facilities were not in accordance with JCPOA limits on Implementation Day, but in anticipation the Joint Commission had earlier and secretly exempted them from the JCPOA limits.” (JCPOA stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name for the deal.) In other words, Obama agreed to secret side deals that made Iran’s compliance unnecessary. He allowed exemptions for low-enriched uranium, heavy water production and radiation containment chambers. The whole idea of secret exemptions, warn Albright and Stricker, “risks advantaging Iran by allowing it to try to systematically weaken” the JCPOA.

The Wall Street Journal writes, “The White House has waved off the ISIS report by insisting it ‘did not and will not allow Iran to skirt’ its commitments. The non-denial would be more credible if the Administration hadn’t last year agreed to a secretive process in which Iran was allowed to inspect its own nuclear-related military facilities.”

In related news, Iran has stationed Russian S-300 surface-to-air missiles at one of its key nuclear facilities — the one at Fordow. That heavily fortified facility housed a substantial part of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and Western negotiators initially sought to shut it down. So much for that — Obama caved, and now the Iranians have even more heavily fortified a critical facility. Wonder what that means…

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