The Truth Report: Iran: How They Are Breaching the Nuclear Deal!
An ATP Report Production – On This Episode Barry Nussbaum explains how Iran continues to violate the deal that paid them billions of dollars.
Welcome to The Truth Report, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, is an international agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States – plus Germany), and the European Union. When it was finally announced, it was promoted within the United States as a major milestone in international diplomacy and sold to the American public and the congress as the deal that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. It was a lie then and anyone that tells you that the deal is going according to plan, is lying to you now. As best as we can estimate the Iran nuclear deal was a way to funnel money to the brutal and radical Islamic theocracy that runs Iran under the cover of a peace deal at the same time guaranteeing that Iran would go nuclear as soon as the deal expired, or earlier if they cheat. As we have reported many times, including our three-part analysis of the Iran nuclear deal produced in 2015, the JCPOA is a peace deal in the tradition of the negotiation concluded by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938, which enabled Hitler to launch World War II! Today on The Truth Report we will look at the JCPOA and its results in two areas: missile development and prisoner exchanges. One more thing, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, never approved the deal and didn’t sign it and it was never signed by Iran, the world signed, Iran didn’t.
Experts agree the most profound violation of the JCPOA and its corresponding U.N. resolutions, is Iran’s refusal to stop ballistic missile testing. The point here is that once you have a nuclear weapon, the question is how do you deliver it. The answer in most circumstances is by ballistic missile delivery.
The JCPOA was aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. After the deal was reached, the United Nations Security Council, which had imposed sanctions on Iran to pressure it to negotiate, adopted resolution 2231. The resolution endorsed the deal and outlined conditions under which sanctions are to be lifted. Under the resolution, ballistic missile restrictions expire after eight years.
It is important to note the Iran deal is not the same as U.N. Security Council resolution 2231.
The JCPOA was officially implemented January 2016, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had complied with all the nuclear-related measures it agreed to in July 2015, yet Iran has continued to test ballistic missiles, and said it will not stop.
The deal does not prohibit the testing or development of ballistic missiles, but the U.N. resolution does contain restrictions relating to ballistic missiles. So how is Iran able to continue its testing? Experts say the resolution’s language allows Iran to argue that its ballistic missiles do not fit within the restrictions laid out in resolution 2231.
Previous U.N. resolutions had stated that the Security Council “decides that Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.” The new resolution (2231) states “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”
The language change from “decides that Iran shall not” to “Iran is called upon” represents a softening in tone, signaling a more non-legally-binding appeal. This change was made precisely because the Iran deal does not contain any limits on the country’s missile programs. It is perfectly respectable for opponents of the agreement to object to the Iran deal on these grounds, the JCPOA removes missile-related sanctions without requiring Iran to limit its missile programs.
Further, the new resolution refers to missiles “designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons,” rather than “capable” of such delivery. So, Iran now argues that its missiles are not “designed” for such capability; most of the world disputes this loophole in the agreement, as do I, especially when Iran parades its missiles before launch with slogans in Farsi like, death to America, and death to the Jews written on them.
Now let’s examine the prisoner swap. When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans.
Obama and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on January 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal, according to a politico investigation.
In his Sunday morning address to the American people, Obama portrayed the seven men he freed as “civilians.” The senior official described them as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere “sanctions-related offenses, violations of the trade embargo.”
In reality, some of them were accused by Obama’s own justice department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware. As part of the deal, U.S. officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.
And in a series of unpublicized court filings, the justice department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives. The administration didn’t disclose their names or what they were accused of doing, noting only that the U.S. “also removed any Interpol Red Notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful.”
Three of the fugitives allegedly sought to lease Boeing aircraft for an Iranian airline that authorities say had supported Hezbollah, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization. A fourth, Behrouz Dolatzadeh, was charged with conspiring to buy thousands of U.S.-made assault rifles and illegally import them into Iran. A fifth, Amin Ravan, was charged with smuggling U.S. military antennas to Hong Kong and Singapore for use in Iran. U.S. authorities also believe he was part of a procurement network providing Iran with high-tech components for an especially deadly type of IED used by Shiite militias to kill hundreds of American troops in Iraq.
The biggest fish was Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili, who had been charged with being part of a conspiracy that from 2005 to 2012 procured thousands of parts with nuclear applications for Iran via China. That included hundreds of U.S.-made sensors for the uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran whose progress had prompted the nuclear deal talks in the first place.
When federal prosecutors and agents learned the true extent of the releases, many were shocked and angry. Some had spent years, if not decades, working to penetrate the global proliferation networks that allowed Iranian arms traders both to obtain crucial materials for Tehran’s illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and in some cases, to provide dangerous materials to other countries. So in summary, the Obama administration traded spies and enablers of the Iran nuclear weaponization program back to Iran in exchange for American civilians like Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was the newspaper’s Tehran bureau chief arrested in 2014 and charged with spying, an allegation his paper strongly denies.
The other three Iranian-American prisoners released are Nosratollah Khosravi, Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was arrested in 2011 while visiting his grandmother when Iran accused him of working for the CIA, and Saeed Abedini, a convert to Christianity who was working to build an orphanage in Iran when he was detained in 2012.
Stay in touch, we will be following up on this story! There are more issues relating to Iran and the JCPOA that we will want to know about. As President Trump visits the Middle East this week, we hope that he will begin revisiting the JCPOA as he promised he would during the campaign. You can write to me directly by sending me an email to: email@example.com, and go to our website where you can sign up to be on our mailing list so you never miss an important episode.
You can handle the truth, and we intend to bring it to you! I’m Barry Nussbaum.