From the moment the deal was announced, critics blasted Obama’s agreement with Iran for allowing the rogue nation to be set on the path to acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Obama and his defenders dismissed those concerns.
But new allegations today describe the stunning lengths Obama went to in order to appease Iran and help them obtain a nuclear weapon.
The Institute for Science and International Security is claiming the Obama administration allowed Iran secret exceptions to the agreement.
The United States and its negotiating partners agreed “in secret” to allow Iran to evade some restrictions in last year’s landmark nuclear agreement in order to meet the deadline for it to start getting relief from economic sanctions, according to a report reviewed by Reuters.
The report is to be published on Thursday by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, said the think tank’s president David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and co-author of the report. It is based on information provided by several officials of governments involved in the negotiations, who Albright declined to identify…
… “The exemptions or loopholes are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran,” Albright said.
Among the exemptions were two that allowed Iran to exceed the deal’s limits on how much low-enriched uranium (LEU) it can keep in its nuclear facilities, the report said. LEU can be purified into highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium.
The exemptions, the report said, were approved by the joint commission the deal created to oversee implementation of the accord. The commission is comprised of the United States and its negotiating partners — called the P5+1 — and Iran.
One senior “knowledgeable” official was cited by the report as saying that if the joint commission had not acted to create these exemptions, some of Iran’s nuclear facilities would not have been in compliance with the deal by Jan. 16, the deadline for the beginning of the lifting of sanctions.”
Critics have long maintained that the deal did nothing to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
If these reports can be corroborated, the Obama administration knowingly allowed Iran to acquire material that could be used to make weapons-grade uranium.
But the strength of the deal was not the issue.
Many believed the issue was Obama securing a “legacy” achievement before he left office.
Since he was so desperate to secure an agreement — any agreement — he allowed Iran to negotiate from a position of strength.
Conservative critics have long blasted the deal as appeasement.
And this includes the infamous ransom payment Obama paid Iran in order to free our hostages.
Writing in National Review, Texas Senator Ted Cruz wondered why the U.S. government was funneling money to Iran as a ransom payment for our hostages:
“In any case, if there is money to spare to settle outstanding disputes with Iran, our first priority should be to make the Islamic Republic pay the judgments of the American victims of Iranian terrorism, not to give the mullahs more money with which to carry out their terrorist campaign against the West. It is all the more reprehensible that the funds flowing to Iran may well have been funneled to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which should be under State Department designation as a terrorist organization. But as irresponsible and dangerous as the ransom payment was, it is not the only problem.
The American people also need to know whether the payment violated U.S. sanctions on Iran for its worldwide support of terrorism. These sanctions remain in effect despite the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which, the administration has assured us, deals only with Iran’s nuclear program. The federal regulations that implement the anti-terrorism sanctions generally prohibit transferring money to Iran, even if the money is converted into foreign currencies and routed through other countries, as was the case here. A private citizen, in other words, could go to prison for what the administration did.”
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