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The Nuclear Negotiations
Is Iran Cheating Outright?

Has Iran been up to its old nuke-developing, sanctions-evading tricks again, even as it negotiates with the U.S.? Knock us over with a feather—it just may be. The Jerusalem Post reports:

The Czech Republic blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment after false documentation raised suspicions, UN experts and Western sources said. […]

Some details of the attempted purchase were described in the latest annual report of an expert panel for the United Nations Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee, which has been seen by Reuters.

The panel said that in January Iran attempted to buy compressors – which have nuclear and non-nuclear applications – made by the US-owned company Howden CKD Compressors.

“False documentation” and “false end user” declarations do not exactly raise confidence that the compressors were intended for above-board purposes. These “compressors can be used to extract enriched uranium directly from the cascades,” according to a Harvard/ex-IAEA expert cited by the JPost.

As the Iran negotiations enter their terminal phase, scrutiny in the West will focus on a few key issues, including especially how inspections are to be structured and how (or whether) “snap back” sanctions could be organized. But none of this matters if Iran is simply cheating outright.

If the Administration still sees its foremost goal as stopping Iran from acquiring a nuke (as opposed to getting a deal, any deal, done), and if it cares about persuading the U.S. public and Congress to support such a deal, this has to be deeply troubling news. Will legacy-driven tunnel vision prevent those in charge from seeing inconvenient facts?

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  • JR

    Jerusalem Post? Hmmmmm…………..

    • Josephbleau

      It will soon be verified generally, or not, you don’t have to take the cursed Jews word.

      • Tom

        JR is currently fulfilling a role called “Dan Greene’s foil.”

  • Dan Greene

    What nonsense.

    The JP story buries in the last sentence the fact that the IAEA asserts that Iran has adhered to the terms of the interim agreement. Some unspecified committee at the UN makes an unspecified claim which the JP pounces on and, naturally, TAI echoes. No link to this “report,” no clear allegation of what the “false documentation” consisted of. And how would we even know if the “end user” had been falsified if the deal was stopped before any delivery was made?

    It’s this kind of deliberate obfuscation that makes so much of what TAI churns out an utter joke. Is there no shame here? The same technique over and over again: Toss out enough substance-free stories to muddy the water with the hope that it keeps the uninformed on board with the scary-Iran meme. It’s a mark of desperation, I suppose.

  • AaronL

    Here’s the link to the original Reuter’s story which was copied word for word by the Jerusalem Post.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/13/us-iran-nuclear-czech-exclusive-idUSKBN0NY2K720150513

    It says specifically in the Reuter’s article that the annual report of the expert panel “has been seen by Reuters” – (4th paragraph of article see below)

    “Some details of the attempted purchase were described in the latest annual report of an expert panel for the United Nations Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee, which has been seen by Reuters.”

    Apparently both Reuters and the expert panel for the United Nations Security Council’s Iran sanctions commitee, are on the “Elders of Zion” payroll.

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