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Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal...Again

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Zarif (Photo: US State Dept)

It has been little more than a year since international powers made a nuclear deal with Iran, and in that short while, the agreement has already been breached on multiple occasions. After the most recent violation, Gatestone Institute's Majid Rafizadeh writes that by ignoring these offenses, the United States is only empowering Iran to continue on the path toward its nuclear ambitions:

One of the terms of the JCPOA accord, which never had any legal legitimacy and which Iran never signed, is that Iran should restrict the amount of specific nuclear materials it possesses during the nuclear deal. According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, Iran has violated the deal by holding more heavy water, used to produce nuclear weapons, than it is supposed to have.

This is not the first time Iran has violated the terms of the flimsy nuclear agreement with no consequences. In February 2016, Iran exceeded its threshold for heavy water as well. In a previous article, other violations and reports of Iran's recent cheating and breaches of the nuclear agreement are laid out.

U.S. President Barack Obama is nevertheless ignoring these latest violations, and the UN and IAEA reports as well. In fact, the administration, and State Department spokesman Mark Toner, are defending Iran on this issue, and appear willing to give critical concessions to Iran in the next round of talks in Baghdad this week.

One of the critical concessions concerns the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program, designed to develop nuclear weapons. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano is investigating whether Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear weapons.

The head of the UN nuclear agency flew to Iran to finally put an end to the idea that Iran has plans of developing nuclear arms. Amano pointed out that "I really think this is the right time to reach agreement." However, the IAEA and President Obama appear more than willing to close this investigation.

Closing this investigation means that there would be no monitoring of Iran's nuclear research and development, or of Iran's nuclear facilities, which have long been suspected of being used to develop nuclear weapons. In other words, Iranian leaders would be capable of more freely continuing their nuclear ambitions without probing from the IAEA or the international community...

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