Supporters of the Iran agreement have played down the Israeli revelations saying there wasn’t anything in the documents recovered by the Mossad that wasn’t previously known about Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program (which is interesting in itself since that implies Obama administration officials misled the public about the agreement).
However, two prominent former inspectors say that the revelations do indeed contain new information.
Olli Heinonen, the former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said “There were some pictures that were quite familiar to me. But at the same time, there was also new information.” Specifically, Heinonen mentioned evidence regarding Iranian hardware previous unknown to authorities.
This new information has serious consequences, he implied. “They must have manufactured pieces of equipment in Iran,” Heinonen said. “Where are those pieces? Who is keeping them?”
Another top expert, David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector who worked extensively on issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program, said the revelations provided many new details.
“Here we have a jigsaw puzzle with 30 to 40 percent of the pieces,” said Albright referring to what was already known about Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program. “[Now, it has turned into] one that has 99 percent of the pieces. The picture is clear,” he added.
Numerous officials from the European Union have insisted that the reason the deal was (and still is) necessary was because everyone knew that the Iranians were lying about having a nuclear weapon’s program. The crux of the deal was that it wasn’t based on trust but on rigorous enforcement of the terms.
How would the world know that Iran had complied with the deal? Through inspections, of course. As the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said, the IAEA has published 10 reports certifying that Iran has fully complied with its commitments.
Yet, what Mogherini knows but isn’t saying is that those very inspections were a ruse.
Two parts of the agreement that were kept secret (but later exposed by the AP) allowed Iran to use its own inspectors in military sites suspected of developing nuclear weapons.
These two parts of the agreement were negotiated separately between the IAEA and Iran. In fact, they were so secret that viewing them was off limits to Congress, the secretary of state and even the U.S. president. (You can’t make this stuff up.)
At the time, Heinonen said he could not recall any similar concession with any other country.
(Notably, in January of 2015, Heinonen said that Iran was two to three weeks away from building a nuclear weapon, making it a “nuclear threshold state.”)
A lawsuit charging that Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran aided the 9/11 hijackers was just successfully prosecuted. Iran and its relevant institutions were ordered to pay $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child and $4.25 million per sibling killed in the 2001 terror attacks.
Although the suit was filed in 2004, its prosecution was only recently made possible by Congress through the passage of the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which permitted families of terror victims to sue state actors. Former President Barack Obama vetoed the bill but Congress overrode the veto.
Although anti-regime protests in Iran which began at the end of last year have not stopped (even if the mainstream media has stopped covering them), Israel’s revelations about Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program has breathed new life into those who are pushing for regime change.
In response, and in anticipation of anti-regime protests if Trump re-imposes sanctions on Iran on May 12 (the deadline for certifying the nuclear deal), regime authorities shut down the encrypted messaging app Telegram to “protect” national security.
Due to a brutal crackdown by authorities resulting in the arrests of protesters, a good portion of the dissent has moved online. After Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech, Twitter saw a resurgence of the hashtag “We’re Done!” in Iran.
One of the ways the Europeans hoped to save the nuclear deal with Iran is to convince Trump that they are on his side in terms of cracking down Iran’s ballistic missile program. Ballistic missiles are used to deliver nuclear warheads.
In response, IRGC Aerospace and Missile Force Commander Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, “Our production [of missiles] has increased threefold.”
“With regard to the recent positions of some of the Western officials in the matter of our military and missile capability – our defensive capabilities cannot be stopped or curbed. No country can control the might of Iran’s defense … There will be no negotiations on or halting of our defensive capability,” Deputy IRGC commander Gen. Hossein Salami added.
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