Iran has taken steps to develop nuclear weapons in the past, according to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the world’s top nuclear watchdog. The IAEA’s findings directly contradict Iran’s sworn testimony that the country’s nuclear research was strictly designed for peaceful purposes. Uncovering Iran’s pernicious nuclear legacy undermines the legitimacy of President Obama’s nuclear deal, providing more fodder for critics.
“I think we’re getting off to a very, very poor start. These are exactly the things that we talked about during the hearing process that raised concerns and they’re being validated right now,” stated Sen Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The rebuke against the Obama administration’s naivete crossed party lines. “It just sets a very bad precedent that if Iran thinks it can violate the world’s will, as expressed by Security Council resolutions, and in essence face no consequence for it," opined Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.).
Despite the fallout, President Obama plans to stay on course, pushing the deal with Iran at all costs. Obama is hell-bent on avoiding the facts and cementing a legacy of renewed relations in a post-Iranian hostage crisis reality. The case against the nuclear deal is getting stronger by the day as more details emerge.
According to a senior Iranian official, Iran has stopped dismantling centrifuges in two uranium enrichment plants. State media reported a few weeks ago that hardline Iranian clerics pressured President Hassan Rouhani to decelerate concessions to the United States.
It gets worse. According to The Times of Israel, "Iran intends to dispatch 'a fleet of warships' to the Atlantic Ocean shortly, the semi-state Fars news agency reported."
"Our warships will soon berth at ports in the Atlantic Ocean,” declared Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, pledging further joint military exercises with the Russian navy.
"Iran intends to dispatch 'a fleet of warships' to the Atlantic Ocean shortly, the semi-state Fars news agency reported."
The Times of Israel
And still, it gets even worse. Last week, the Obama Administration took its duplicity to sights unseen, revealing that Iran never actually signed the infamous nuclear deal. In a letter to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R. Kan.), the State Department confessed that the deal is not even “legally binding.”
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.”