The Wall Street Journal has a killer exposé out this morning but no one will care that the traitor in the White House is buying Iran’s nuke material.
Iran has been overstocking heavy water that is used to produce weapons-grade plutonium and which is required under the nuclear deal the Ayatollah never signed or agreed to.
They pulled back but are now facing an over supply again so the president will use tax dollars to buy the over supply from them. It doesn’t get much crazier than this but this is the administration that acted as Iran’s lawyers and advocates against the EU.
It’s not the only reason.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is buying from Iran a strategic substance that the United States itself can’t produce – we stopped making it. DOE has struck a deal to purchase 32 tons of heavy water—water containing the hydrogen isotope deuterium—from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The deal is for $8.6 million tax dollars.
Don’t worry. It’s for science.
As all this is going on, their ICBM program continues development. On March 9th, they fired two ICBMs which can reach Israel and beyond. One missile had a message written on it that said in Hebrew: “Israel should be wiped off the Earth”, according to Fars News agency.
There has been a great deal of conversation about allowing Iran to use US dollars and John Kerry, a longtime traitor, has promised that would not happen and it is not allowed under US law though that never stops this administration. This purchase will involve US dollars and give Iranians access indirectly to the US financial system.
The worst part of all this is the Obama administration is subsidizing Iran’s nuclear program and keeping it alive.
We are paying for them to keep the program going and it will be all set to take off when the agreement expires in ten years.
This deliberately mainstream’s Iran’s nuclear program and promotes them as nuclear material salesmen in the region. The nuclear deal allows them to sell nuclear material.
This from the president who wants to destroy all our nuclear material.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said… “That will be a statement to the world: ‘You want to buy heavy water from Iran, you can buy heavy water from Iran. It’s been done. Even the United States did it.'”
Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi told Fars News agency that several countries have expressed willingness to purchase heavy water from Iran. This must be the kickoff.
Fabulous, another traitor!
Iran is a terrorist nation and the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world according to Obama’s own State Department.
The article from the Wall Street Journal:
April 22, 2016 6:03 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is buying 32 tons of heavy water, a key component in atomic-weapons development, from Iran in an effort to safeguard its landmark nuclear agreement with the country, according to senior American officials.
The Department of Energy’s impending purchase was driven by U.S. concerns that Iran doesn’t have the capacity yet to quickly reduce its stockpile of the material as required under the July nuclear deal, according to these officials.
Under the accord, Iran must keep its load of heavy water to below 130 tons during the initial years of the deal, and under 90 tons later. But U.S. officials said Iran has been struggling to find buyers for the material on the international market and that its stockpile is at risk of rising above that level.
The U.S. hopes its initial purchase will give other countries the confidence to purchase Iran’s heavy water in the coming years.
The deal, estimated at $8.6 million, is expected to be formally signed by U.S. and Iranian officials Friday morning in Vienna.
“The idea is: Okay, we tested it, it’s perfectly good heavy water. It meets spec. We’ll buy a little of this,” U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “That will be a statement to the world: ‘You want to buy heavy water from Iran, you can buy heavy water from Iran. It’s been done. Even the United States did it.’”
Heavy water is a close chemical relative of water whose distinctive properties make it a critical component in the production of nuclear weapons and energy.
U.S. officials said the 32 tons of heavy water will be shipped by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in the coming weeks. There, it will be used in a research facility that utilizes neutrons to study the makeup of a range of scientific materials.
Some of the heavy water also could be sold to private companies that use it for commercial applications, such as the production of semiconductors and fiber optic equipment.
Critics of the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement, including on Capitol Hill, have raised concerns about the heavy-water purchase.
The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), wrote Mr. Moniz on April 18 to seek clarity on the terms of the deal. He specifically asked how the U.S. would pay for the heavy water and what guarantees the administration had that the funds wouldn’t be used by Tehran to fund its military or terrorist groups.
“What assurances can you provide that U.S. taxpayer funds that Iran receives through this purchase will not be used to fund Iran’s nuclear program…or Tehran’s destabilizing activities in Iraq, Syria Lebanon and elsewhere?” Mr. Royce wrote.
In the interview, Mr. Moniz said he saw the U.S. government making only one purchase of the heavy water, which can be used to stimulate fissile reactions inside nuclear reactors. But he said American companies could emerge as regular buyers of the material in the future.
“We’re not going to be their customer forever,” Mr. Moniz said. “Maybe some companies in the U.S. will be part of that customer base. They’ve got to figure it out. They [the Iranians] have to establish their presence on the international market if they’re going to keep producing [heavy water].”
The purchase agreement is the latest sign of rapprochement between Washington and Tehran after decades of hostilities.
As part of the nuclear accord, the U.S. and global powers lifted certain sanctions on Iran. And the U.S. Treasury in recent months granted licenses to American companies, including Boeing, to start returning to the Iranian market.
Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, on Friday in New York to discuss ways for Tehran to benefit more quickly from sanctions relief under the nuclear deal, according to U.S. officials. Iran has complained that it hasn’t been able to repatriate billions of dollars of oil revenues that had been frozen due to U.S. sanctions.
U.S. law still bans Iran from entering the American financial system or conducting business in dollars. The Obama administration is deliberating ways to help Iran conduct dollarized trade without allowing it to directly access the U.S. system, according to U.S. officials.
U.S. officials wouldn’t specify how the Department of Energy would pay Iran for the heavy water.
Iranian officials have hinted at the heavy-water sale to the U.S. and praised it as an early step in support of the country’s ambitions to export its nuclear-related and scientific products.
Tehran, in support of the agreement, already has sold low-enriched uranium to Russia and Kazakhstan.
“On the heavy water, we are among the very few developing countries which is able to produce its own heavy water and now we have entered the international market,” the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, told Iranian state media this month. “We have been able to sell more than 30 tons of heavy water just recently and this has put us on par with other countries.”
Some nuclear experts said the U.S. move comes close to subsidizing Iran’s nuclear program in a bid to keep the agreement alive. They said Tehran’s production of heavy water will remain a concern, especially when the constraints on its nuclear program are lifted after 10 to 15 years as part of the agreement.
“We shouldn’t be paying them for something they shouldn’t be producing in the first place,” said David Albright, head of the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington think tank.
The U.S. doesn’t produce heavy water domestically, and largely has been purchasing the material from Canada and other foreign countries in recent years. It imports around 75 tons of heavy water annually, according to Department of Energy officials.
Thom Mason, head of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said one of his research facilities, called the Spallation Neutron Source, was being converted to use heavy water instead of light water. He said Iran emerged as a good supplier after plans to buy heavy water elsewhere fell through.
“Heavy water isn’t made in the U.S.,” Mr. Mason said in an interview. “It was fortuitous in terms of timing.”
The U.S.’s desire to constrain Iran’s heavy-water reactor in the city of Arak was one of the major issues in nearly two years of negotiations between global powers and Tehran, which culminated in last July’s agreement.
The Arak reactor was seen as largely designed to produce weapons-usable plutonium and had only limited commercial and scientific uses. Iran secretly built a heavy-water production plant in Arak in the early 2000s to feed the operations of the reactor.
Under the nuclear deal, Iran is converting the Arak facility, with China’s help, into a modified reactor that is seen as posing a much reduced nuclear-proliferation threat. Iran also is committed to limiting its production of heavy water for the reactor for 15 years.
“People have already forgotten that it wasn’t that many years ago that the big threat was considered to be the Arak reactor,” Mr. Moniz said. “We had to take care of that. That has gotten taken care of, in spades.”
Supporters and critics of the Iran deal are already weighing in on this morning’s WSJ Iran story, which revealed that the Obama administration is going to pay the Iranians for nuclear material they’ve produced in excess of the deal. The specific material – heavy water – is used in heavy water reactors. Those reactors – if they’re the kind Iran will be allowed to build in 15 years – are described by arms control activists, including those who advocated for the deal, as “plutonium bomb factories” [a].
The WSJ story highlighted several points, beyond the idea that the purchase is meant to “protect” and “safeguard” the deal, because otherwise the deliberate Iranian overproduction would put them in violation:
1) It will almost certainly involve dollars, and therefore indirect access to the U.S. financial system, but the administration is refusing to clarify that.
2) It will almost certainly be taxpayer money, and it may be going to fund terrorism, and Congress is trying to get answers on those questions from the administration.
3) The Obama administration will be subsidizing a part of Iran’s nuclear program that can be turned around and used for producing nuclear weapons.
4) The Obama administration’s broader goal for the sale is to mainstream Iran’s nuclear program and encourage other countries to begin relying on Iran for nuclear materials.
The administration is now trying to explain away those concerns. For the first and second issues (dollars, taxpayer money, etc.): those they can just refuse to answer until the story dies down. But for the third and fourth issues (directly subsidizing Iran’s nuclear program, mainstreaming Iran as a global supplier): those they’re simply going to declare are good things.
The WSJ already quoted Energy Secretary Moniz saying “That will be a statement to the world: ‘You want to buy heavy water from Iran, you can buy heavy water from Iran. It’s been done. Even the United States did it.'” Iran deal validators are echoing his point. I’m pasting one example from this morning below, from an author who editorialized extensively in favor of the deal throughout last year:
Mere months ago, Iran’s nuclear program was an international pariah. Now it’s supplying the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with a strategic substance that the United States itself can’t produce. DOE has struck a deal to purchase 32 tons of heavy water—water containing the hydrogen isotope deuterium—from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran…
The heavy water purchase could open the floodgates to other collaborations with Iran. According to the nuclear agreement, Iran’s Fordow uranium enrichment facility is slated to become an international S&T center. There, Russia is reconfiguring uranium-enrichment centrifuges to produce iridium-191; adding a neutron at the reconfigured Arak reactor would yield iridium-192, which is used in gamma cameras to check for structural flaws in metal. With the D2O deal done and dusted, Moniz says he has asked DOE rank-and-file “to begin thinking about other areas of collaboration.”
International sponsorship of Iran’s nuclear program will limit the options that any future American President has for constraining Iran’s nuclear activities.