The nuclear agreement that the United States and other Western powers made with Iran nearly a year ago was always seen as questionable by those truly concerned with the Islamic Republic's motives and trustworthiness. And now, less than 12 months later, Elliott Abrams writes that Iran's inability to stick to the deal's conditions has already been made crystal clear:
So Iran isn't only being more aggressive since the signing of the JCPOA -- in Iraq and Syria, for example, or in cyber attacks on the United States -- but is also cheating on the deal. And what is the reaction from the Obama administration, and other cheerleaders for the JCPOA? Nothing.
John Kerry famously said, "Iran deserves the benefits of the agreement they struck." They do not deserve to be allowed to cheat. Kerry said in April when asked if Iran would "stick to the key terms of this deal for the next 20 years" that "I have faith and confidence that we will know exactly what they're doing during that period of time. And if they decide to try to cheat, we will know it, and there are plenty of options available to us. That I have complete faith and confidence in."
That's nice. But now we know they are cheating, and the option the administration appears to have chosen is silence: just ignore the problem. When asked about the German intel report and the Institute for Science and International Security report, the State Department spokesman replied, "We have absolutely no indication that Iran has procured any materials in violation of the JCPOA."
Needless to say this kind of response will only encourage Iran to cheat more...