Iran is the leading sponsor of terror in the world and they are building nuclear weapons. Our administration will have given them billions of dollars in payments in sanction relief – $11.9 billion to be exact – for nothing from Iran in return. It is acting as an incentive for Iran to delay talks on a nuke deal.
The Iranians are building two new reactors and have declared their intention to put American journalist Jason Rezaian on trial. They’ve added uranium to their stockpile, continued production on their plutonium production factory at Arak, and have developed ballistic missiles. As a reward, they will be given $11.9 billion, not the $7 billion the Obama administration originally announced.
The sanction relief has made this possible. On Wednesday, the administration gave the Iranians another $490 million, the third such payment.
In other words, the U.S. administration pays them to keep delaying the talks.
“Iran will receive a total of $4.9 billion in unfrozen cash assets via 10 separate payments by the United States through June 22,” free beacon reports, “when talks with Iran are scheduled to end with a final agreement aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear work, according to a State Department official”.
“Iran received $4.2 billion in similar payments under the 2013 interim agreement with the United States and was then given another $2.8 billion by the Obama administration last year in a bid to keep Iran committed to the talks through November, when negotiators parted ways without reaching an agreement.”
The total will come to $11.9 billion.
At the end of November 2013, the Iranians claimed they already received $8 billion in sanction relief, before any deal. It was an Obama good will gesture, a claim denied by our State Department. Billions more were slated for Iran in the first phase of the deal, but it appears that Iran didn’t have to do anything in return until the final phase of the deal was worked out.
Iran was free to enrich uranium until the final phase is worked out. This provided even more encouragement for Iran to continue their nuclear and plutonium development and drag out talks.
Fars News Agency announced at the time that the nuclear deal between the Super Powers and Iran stopped the enemy (Israel) from creating an atmosphere of Iranophobia. They gloried in what they said is a recognition of their ‘nuclear rights’, something John Kerry said we did not do.
The agreement appears to have temporarily (for six months) cut off one path to the bomb under the condition that Iran fulfill the agreement and allow inspectors to check their facilities. They didn’t but the money kept coming.
The near-complete Arak heavy water reactor – IR-40- remained. Iran allegedly agreed to not complete it but they kept it. They kept their centrifuges and were allowed to enrich up to 5% though there is evidence they are enriching to a much higher level.
John Kerry said the agreement did not recognize the right of Iran to enrich uranium:
“The first step, let me be clear, does not say that Iran has a right to enrich uranium,” Kerry said.
Fars News Agency, the Iranian News Service, wrote that Iran was guaranteed their ‘nuclear rights’ in the agreement:
Russia’s Lavorov wanted the sanctions lifted and was pleased with this deal:
“We never recognized unilateral sanctions on Iran anyway,” Lavrov said.
Mr. Obama said at the time that he was pleased with the deal and that it would make Israel safer. Israel did not agree.
The U.S. claimed the deal lifted $6 to $7 billion in sanction. It also gave Iranians an additional $4.2 billion in cash which they failed to mention.
As it turns out, the original number given to the public by the administration was greatly underestimated and we did it for nothing in return. In fact, we encouraged them to drag it out.
Leading Democratic Senator Menendez reacted to Mr. Obama’s talking points on Iran in his SOTU by saying they are “straight out of Iran.”
Mr. Obama is taking his cues from Iran because he acts out of weakness. Iran is calling the shots.
Senator Menendez wants to pass a bill that would impose sanctions if Iran doesn’t commit to a deal. Mr. Obama has repeatedly extended the deadline with nothing in return.