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Iran: All Nuclear Activities Will Continue Under Final Deal

JULY 6, 2015 12:06 PM 2 COMMENTS

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The Iranian nuclear program’s water reactor at Arak. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The nuclear deal with Iran facing a deadline on Tuesday will ensure the country’s nuclear activities can continue, Iranian media reported.

“According to the technical annex, all the nuclear activities of Iran will continue,” an Iranian diplomatic source party to the nuclear talks in Vienna this week told semi-official state news agency Fars.

The official spoke with knowledge of the technical annex in the final deal, one of five annexes currently being deliberated among negotiators from Tehran and six world powers: the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, France and Germany.

The so-called technical annex covers issues such as “nuclear research and development, [the] Fordo nuclear enrichment center, [the] Arak heavy water reactor, and the type of the centrifuges that will be used by Iran for the production of stable isotopes.”

While the State Department had called for dismantling Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in the past, the Obama administration softened that line in the several months since a framework agreement was announced at Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Iran is not simply going to dismantle its program because we demand it do so,” said President Barack Obama in April upon the announcement of the framework.

According to a draft appendix to the final deal obtained by the Associated Press, Iran will be allowed to keep its Fordo underground facilities running for isotope production, rather than uranium enrichment. But AP noted that the technologies for both processes are very similar and thus it is possible to quickly re-engineer isotope production for enrichment.

U.S. think tank the Foreign Policy Initiative noted that at the Arak facility, the light-water reactors that Iran would be allowed to install under the current framework “can also produce the requisite amount of bomb-grade plutonium to develop a nuclear weapon.”

Negotiators are running up to the July 7 deadline for a final deal, but Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said negotiations still “could go either way.”

Israeli diplomatic sources meanwhile said on Sunday that the current deal discussed by negotiators was far worse than the Lausanne framework because it offered new concessions: on the centrifuge allowance, research and development and sanctions relief.

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has been making diplomatic rounds between the U.K., Germany and France to highlight apparent shortfalls in the deal.
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After Iran Deal, Israeli Defense Officials Say Military Option Remains Ready


JULY 14, 2015 4:42 PM

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Senior defense officials in Israel, including Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (pictured), have indicated that they are not letting up on the military option to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Israel will maintain its readiness to exercise a military option against Iranian nuclear sites despite the deal struck between the P5+1 powers and Tehran on Tuesday, Israel’s Walla reported, citing senior Israeli defense officials.

The Jewish state sees the military option as vital amid the possibility that it may find itself isolated, facing Iran alone as a result of the nuclear deal, according to the report.

Other defense officials told Walla that Israel will closely follow the progress of Iran’s nuclear work, monitoring for any changes in Tehran’s behavior that might warrant an Israeli military response.

According to the officials, Israel’s experience to date in dealing with world powers demonstrates that it can only rely on itself.

“Nobody can guarantee Iran won’t violate the agreement. They’re liars, and Israel must be ready regardless of U.S. President Barack Obama’s promises that Iran won’t be allowed to get a nuclear weapon,” an official said
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Saudi Prince Says Iran Deal Worse Than North Korea Nuclear Agreement


JULY 17, 2015 12:05 PM

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The nuclear deal with Iran will have worse consequences than the failed agreement with North Korea, warned Saudi Prince and former ambassador to the U.S. Bandar bin Sultan on Thursday.

President Barack Obama accepted what he knew was a bad deal because, ideologically, he felt like it was the right thing to do, according to Bandar. The U.S. president ignored the intelligence and counsel of traditional American allies in the Mideast, like Israel, which said the Iran deal would invite terrorism throughout the region, or worse, spark an all-out war.

Former President Bill Clinton never would have signed the North Korea nuclear agreement if he had had the kind of evidence Obama has now against Iran, Bandar said.

If the Iran deal collapses and the country goes for the bomb, he said, the consequences could be much worse than North Korea.

Meanwhile, the Christian Science Monitor reported that Saudi Arabia would intensify efforts to confront Iran through its proxies and allies in Yemen and Syria before the country gets windfall cash from lifted sanctions.

According to military officials cited in the report, the Saudis are weighing a ground campaign in Yemen followed by a shift in attention to Sunni-led airstrikes in Syria to provide air cover for the Free Syrian Army as it battles Iranian-backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces have been bolstered by Lebanese Hezbollah.
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Top Israeli Diplomat: Nuclear Deal ‘Invitation for Iranian Cover-Up’


JULY 22, 2015 3:36 PM 5 COMMENTS

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The recent nuclear deal with Iran is an “invitation to an Iranian cover-up in the future,” a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday in a conference call with Jewish leaders.

Stressing that many of Iran’s declared nuclear sites were discovered through Western intelligence or opposition tip-offs, Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold said the deal was “inadequate” in addressing the secret nature of the country’s nuclear program so far.

He recalled an incident where the Iranians placed asphalt over a large portion of the ground at the Parchin nuclear facility to prevent inspectors from taking soil samples.

“The mechanisms for undeclared sites in the agreement” are the most important concern for opponents of the current deal, he said.

Gold said a better deal would address each of international inspectors’ previous concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, such as the reconstruction of the Shahab 3 medium-range ballistic missile to deliver a spherical nuclear payload as far as Tel Aviv.

He slammed Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for “taking pleasure” in reminding the Iranian parliament after the U.N. voted to approve the deal that limits on its missile program are non-binding.

Israel expects a major escalation of insurgent and terror threats against the country, which Gold said will be a direct result of the windfall cash Iran will receive from the lifting of international sanctions.

Israeli intelligence has detected an expansion in Iranian deployments around Israel’s borders, he said.

“We saw evidence of Iran trying to build a new Iranian front on the Golan Heights,” he said, adding that the flow of weapons to Iranian proxies near Israel had continued unabated under sanctions.

Of most concern were special kits outfitting the thousands of missiles Iranians have delivered to Lebanon, with precision guidance to hit targets deep in Israel.

Lebanese Hezbollah — currently directing most of its efforts toward protecting the Iranian backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — is trying to get its hands on Russian weapons stored in beleaguered Syria, with Iran’s help, he said.

Israel is also particularly concerned with Hezbollah getting a hold of advanced anti-aircraft weaponry and Russian surface-to-air weapons.

Gold was optimistic a better deal was still possible with the Iranians, because Tehran is “desperate” for international sanctions to be lifted, as it ensures the legitimacy of the regime to its people.

He was confident tighter sanctions would force Iran back to the negotiating table willing to make further concessions.

The debate in Israel, meanwhile, remains when Iran will cheat the international community: within the 10-year time frame of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or after its clauses sunset and its regulations expire.

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Iran Says Side Agreement Reached With IAEA Over Possible Military Dimensions of Nuclear Program

JULY 24, 2015 3:58 PM 0 COMMENTS

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The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said that an understanding has been reached between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Association over the issue of possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran’s nuclear program, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported on Wednesday.

In an interview with an Iranian news channel on July 21, Ali Akbar Salehi said the understanding reached with the IAEA was “political.” As a result, according to Salehi, the nuclear watchdog can no longer “do whatever it wants” to address the issue.


Salehi said that the matter would be resolved with the IAEA by December 15, and that the deal struck by Iran and world powers in Vienna this month would be implemented independently of the IAEA’s reporting on the PMD issue.

He said Iran’s “understandings with the IAEA” would yield “positive results” for the country.

The matter of PMDs was originally included in the talks between the P5+1 powers and Iran.

Consistent with Iranian policy denying the existence of any military nuclear program in the country, Salehi also dismissed the concerns over possible military dimensions of its nuclear program as a nonissue.

He said the IAEA’s concerns would only be addressed in order to deny international monitors “any pretext” for future inspections.
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Rubio Asks Kerry: What Would US Do if Israel Launches Cyber Attack on Iran Nuclear Program?


JULY 24, 2015 1:36 PM 0 COMMENTS
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Secretary of State John Kerry (R), Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defend their Iran deal at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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“If Israel conducts a cyber attack against the Iranian nuclear program are we (the U.S.) obligated to help them defend themselves against an Israel cyber attack?” senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, Business Insider reported.

Kerry responded vaguely, saying he was confidant Israel would not launch a cyber attack without coordinating it with the U.S.

“I don’t see any way possible that we would be in conflict with Israel with respect to what we might want to do there and we just have to wait until we get until that point,” he said, which the Business Insider analyzed as “referring to a future time at which Israel believes it’s necessary to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.”

Kerry was addressing the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which held a four-and-a-half hour hearing over the Iran nuclear deal, with testimonies by Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.

Rubio, who says he will vote to reject the Iran deal, told the Obama administration officials that the next administration will have no “legal or moral obligation” to uphold the Iran deal, reiterating GOP threats to ditch the deal and slap back sanctions if they win the White House in 2016.
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Iran Deal Secrets Slowly Leaking Out

AUGUST 3, 2015 1:57 PM

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Just as the deal with Iran was signed last month — even before we’d seen its myriad details — we all feared the worst. In the weeks since, however, even more serious suspicions have been all but confirmed.

It was bad enough to read that Iran would have a minimum of 24 days notice before any inspections, enough time for the mullah’s to, in the words of Olli Heinonen, the former deputy Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), “sanitize the place, make new floors, new tiles on the wall, paint the ceiling and take out the ventilation.” It was likewise troubling to hear that the deal would leave 5,060 centrifuges at Natanz and another 1,000 at Fordow all operational, while placing no restrictions on Iran’s research and development of newer, faster machines.

It was frightening, too, to see that Iran’s development program for intercontinental ballistic missiles — designed as they are to strike the American homeland — wouldn’t be hindered in the slightest.


There were a lot of terrible things to be seen in the deal. But, troubling as they were, all of these things were a lot less frightening than the things we didn’t see. Because there’s a whole other side to this deal, one that is beyond the sights of the American people, and perhaps Congress and even the State Department.

What we saw is not what we got. The deal with Iran is packed with secrets and exploding with surprises. The Administration wants a deal so desperately that it will engage in subterfuge in order to get it.

Reports, confirmed by National Security Adviser Susan Rice, have revealed two secret deals struck between the IAEA and Iran.

These side deals were meant to allow the IAEA to investigate “Potential Military Dimensions (PMD)” of Iran’s nuclear program – the most critical aspect of the agreement. Since 2011, when the IAEA’s announced its suspicions of a military side to Iran’s nuclear program, Iran refused to cooperate with the UN body’s inquiry. But, suddenly, on the eve of the July deadline, the obstinate Iranians finally agreed to accommodate the IAEA’s inquiry into any “Potential Military Dimensions” to their nuclear program.

What changed?

Well, they signed a secret deal.

A deal so secret that it is off-limits even to the United States and will not be provided by the Obama administration to Congress for their 60-day review.


But these deals are there – and they’ve crippled the IAEA.

During an interview for Iranian TV discovered by MEMRI, Ali Akbar Salehi, chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told a reporter that the Iranian government would not have to worry at all about the upcoming IAEA report on the military dimensions of their past nuclear programs. Any problems with the IAEA, he volunteered, had been resolved on a “political level.” The IAEA would not act freely, he went on, but would be forced to act “reasonably.” “In short, they will be the losers.”

The IAEA report has been predetermined by political pressure from higher ups. The Iranians have nothing to fear, which makes an absolute mockery of the entire deal.

Further disturbing leaks have emerged. During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Democrat Bob Menendez revealed how the IAEA has agreed not only to forego its right to inspect Iran’s suspicious activities “anytime, anywhere,” but it will now only analyze uranium samples provided by Iran.


In Menendez’s words: It’s the “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

And John Kerry’s response to Menendez’ valid point was to scold him for releasing “classified” details of the deal.

And there’s more of this “classified” information, too. According to The Daily Beast, the Obama Administration put 17 unclassified files on the Iran deal into special bins in the Capitol that can only be viewed by people with a security clearance. Why would such files, which can be viewed really by anybody, be held off-limits by the Administration? We don’t know — and that’s exactly the problem.

This deal would be farcical if it weren’t so dangerous and tragic. Iran signed a deal so slanted in its favor that the American president has chosen to hide massive slabs of it from the American people. And, as anyone might have predicted, this American cave-in has only emboldened Iran.

As Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei defiantly tweeted: “Even with the #IranDeal, our policies toward the US Arrogant system will not change. US policies in the region differ 180° from Iran’s.” He added: “The US is perfect instance of arrogance. Prepare yourselves for more fight against arrogance.”

Now it’s up to Congress. The Iran deal has proven itself ridden with lies and teeming with secrets, its UN guarantors bought and sold. Already many European nations have sent their foreign ministers to Iran to start the business bazaar with Tehran.


No doubt, more secrets about the Iran deal will come out. But most frightening is the prospect that some never will.

Sadly, if it’s implemented, more Americans will be in harm’s way of an emboldened and undeterred enemy.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” is the international best-selling author of 30 books, winner of The London Times Preacher of the Year Competition, and recipient of the American Jewish Press Association’s Highest Award for Excellence in Commentary. He will shortly publish “The Israel Warrior’s Handbook.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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