The Trump administration certified to Congress late Monday that Iran has continued to meet the required conditions of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers. They did it “grudgingly”, the Washington Post reported. Perhaps that’s because the U.S. knows Iran is in violation of the bad deal imposed on the nation by Barack Obama.
The Iran deal, the JCPOA or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, requires recertification every 90 days. Recertification says two things. First, it says that the Iranians are in compliance and, second, that it’s in the best national interests of the U.S. to certify.
Trump was within inches of decertifying the deal but was talked out of it – again, for a second time by his advisers, including Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster.
It will go on to live another 90 days, perhaps it will live until Iran blows something up. Currently the terror-sponsoring nation is working with North Korea, sharing intel and materials, to do exactly that.
Omri Ceren tweeted:
NYT: Trump instructed his team – and esp State Dept – to prepare allies for the US decertifying Iran.
They failed, forcing recertification. pic.twitter.com/E0urHzfVi2
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) July 18, 2017
Iran is a deceitful partner
Iran is already hinting that the U.S. is in violation of the agreement for applying non-nuclear sanctions. That’s what Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said on CNN Sunday. he insisted Trump’s comments at the G20 dissuading foreign leaders from investing in Iran is a violation of the spirit of the agreement.
If you remember, former secretary of state John Kerry served as their sales manager, promoting business in Iran, even as they arrested Americans with dual citizenship on trumped up charges.
National Security Council director H. R. McMaster indicated that the administration will certify. McMaster himself has said the deal is a bad one and it has not changed Iran’s behavior. He has said Iran is in violation of the spirit of the agreement and promised to take a closer look.
Fred Fleitz, who served in national security positions for 25 years and who is currently senior vice president with the Center for Security Policy, wrote to secretary of state Tillerson arguing Iran is being rewarded for not upholding the agreement. He included a letter from four senators who presented evidence that Iran is building up its nuclear capabilities.
They only asked that the President say he is not able at this time to certify Iran is upholding the deal.
WaPo claims that international and internal monitors say they are upholding the deal but that’s only a face-saving maneuver. We know they are not.
Iran is engaged in serious violations and is being rewarded for it
The letter Fleitz included from the four senators, Cruz, Cotton, Perdue and Rubio, lists clear violations. Examples were given: Iran is operating more advanced centrifuges than is permitted; they have repeatedly exceeded the limits on heavy water stocks; German intelligence reports Iran is illicitly procuring nuclear and missile technology.
Iran also refuses to grant international inspectors access to nuclear-research and millitary facilities. The IAEA is entitled to do so under JCPOA.
What is most alarming according to the letter is that the IAEA has deep concerns that nuclear weapony development continues at the Parchin military complex.
Another serious problem is Trump’s inaction on staffing.
Fleitz says that Trump has not filled any positions that deal with determining Iranian compliance. This allows Obama embeds still in key positions to protect the deal and maintain control over the review process even though the strong evidence indicates Iran is in violation. That’s negligence by those who are holding up the President’s agenda if true.
The Iran deal or JCPOA is a terrible deal that does nothing for the U.S. but does give the go-ahead for Iran to do everything imaginable in preparation of becoming a nuclear state.
As Fleitz says, certification is a “very troubling decision” because it “amounts to looking the other way…legitimizing the dangerous concessions the Obama administration made to get this deal and goes against the president’s statements during the campaign.”