Anti-Iranian Nuclear Deal Blitzkrieg in Full Swing
by Stephen Lendman
Administration officials answered questions on the agreement asked by House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee members. Classified private meetings were held. They’ll be more in the weeks ahead.
Israel, its lobby and bipartisan congressional Iran-haters aim to undermine the nuclear deal years in the making. It includes the most intrusive inspections of any country’s nuclear program.
Known nuclear weaponized states aren’t held to account like Iran. America and Israel prohibit inspections of their thermonuclear weapons research, development and production facilities. No IAEA complaints are lodged - only against Iran despite its known peaceful activities.
A 2016 Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government spending bill provision calls for the Treasury Department to review sanctioned Iranian activities to determine if nuclear deal violations were committed before permitting their removal.
Another requirement is for continued checking for 180 days after sanctions are lifted. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved both provisions. Expect more congressional anti-Iranian actions ahead.
Former Arkansas governor, earlier Fox News talk show host, presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee is part of America’s lunatic fringe.
He called Obama’s foreign policy “the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that (he’d) trust the Iranians. (He’ll) take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
He lied claiming he “read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store,” he blustered. It’s got to be stopped.”
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) “denounced” Huckabee’s rant “in the strongest possible terms,” saying:
“Far, far too often, this organization has found itself forced to denounce politicians for invoking the Holocaust in inappropriate and offensive ways.”
“These comments by Governor Mike Huckabee, however, may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory.”
“To state that President Obama is leading Israelis ‘to the door of the oven’ is not only disgustingly offensive to the president and the White House, but shows utter, callous disregard for the millions of lives lost in the Shoah and to the pain still felt by their descendants today.”
In response, Huckabee twittered: “Tell Congress to do their constitutional duty & reject the Obama-Kerry #Iran Deal” - followed by repeating “The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Marching Israelis to the Door of the Oven.”
Netanyahu continued his tirade - calling the strictest inspection process imposed against any nation by far “full of holes. The deal is terrible. It’s preferable to have no deal to this deal.”
It “permit(s) the IAEA to implement continuous monitoring (for 15 years), including through containment and surveillance measures, as necessary, to verify that stored centrifuges and infrastructure remain in storage, and are only used to replace failed or damaged centrifuges.”
Monitoring includes "electronic seals which communicate their status within nuclear sites to IAEA inspectors, as well as other IAEA approved and certified modern technologies.”
Iran has 24 days before permitting or denying access to non-nuclear sites - a right all nations would demand. None would permit unrestricted access anywhere in their countries.
According to Netanyahu, “Iran will become a nuclear threshold country with the potential to build nuclear weapons” - in “10 to 15 years.” Earlier he said within a year or two, then six months or sooner.
How can it with no nuclear weapons research, development or production and well-known opposition to all three activities.
P5+1 countries say Vienna terms reliably guarantee Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. They positively impact regional security.
remains adamant against the agreement. “What can IRAN HIDE in 24 days,” it asks?
- “Most weaponization activity” - despite no evidence of any anywhere nationwide, at nuclear or non-nuclear sites.
- “Centrifuge manufacturing” - intrusive inspections and sophisticated intelligence will be able to detect cheating if it occurs.
- “Centrifuge components” - subject to the same checks.
- “Uranium stockpiles” - inspections will know whatever exists.
- “Incriminating documentation, computers, hard drives” - not likely to escape detection if exists.
- “Computer modeling to simulate explosive devices” - easily checked by NSA surveillance.
- “Work on firing systems” - monitoring and/or other intelligence will know if ongoing.
- “Experiments with explosive lenses” - not likely to escape detection.
- “Missile components” - unrelated to nuclear deal provisions.
“We need a better deal,” says AIPAC. It wants Iran eliminated as an Israeli regional rival - despite its peaceful agenda.
It renounces the Vienna-agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It endorses endless US/Israeli wars and destabilizing activities. Its agenda threatens world peace.
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