President Obama’s recent ransom payment to Iran, in violation of U.S. laws and longstanding American foreign policy, was just the sort of windfall a cash-strapped government with a budding nuclear weapons program and a seething hatred for all who are not Islamic needs.
In fact, what Obama has done in once again placating a sworn enemy is that he has empowered Iran to threaten both regional and global stability, and at a time when the world does not need more tension.
What’s more, according to a secret side deal, the Iranians won’t have to wait long to restart efforts to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs.
As reported by The Associated Press, “key restrictions” that the administration told Congress and the American people were imposed as part of the White House’s nuclear deal with Tehran will in fact begin to ease up years before the 15-year agreement expires. That means Iran will have the ability build an atomic weapon before the pact actually ends.
This provision, according to a diplomat familiar with them, was part of several “side deals” that were cut after the main agreement was signed. And in typical Obama administration fashion, Americans were not told of their existence; only lawmakers who expressed an interest in them were briefed on their substance.
The diplomat who passed along the document containing details of the side agreement said that Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency it will expand its uranium enrichment efforts within a decade, fully five years before the pact was to expire. It seems that the administration did not kick the Iranian nuclear program as far down the road (for a future administration to deal with) as it said.
Previously published reports provided details of the broader agreement, spelling out most of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program that are supposed to reduce the threat the Islamic republic will turn nuclear activities it says are peaceful into weapons-making operations.
However, while some restraints extend the full 15 years, publicly known documents related to the overall agreement are bereft of details regarding what will happen with Iran’s most dangerous activity – the enrichment of uranium – after 10 years have passed.
The document that the AP was given fills in some of those details. It states that as of January 2027, or 11 years after the implementation of the deal, Iran can begin replacing its primary centrifuges with thousands of advanced devices. Centrifuges are necessary to create uranium at levels ranging from medical and research purposes to fuel for a nuclear reactor – to much higher levels necessary for a nuclear weapon.
The AP says that the document notes that between years 11 and 13, Iran will be installing centrifuges that could be up to five times more efficient than the 5,060 machines it is currently restricted to using.
“Those new models will number less than those being used now, ranging between 2,500 and 3,500, depending on their efficiency, according to the document,” the AP reported. “But because they are more effective, they will allow Iran to enrich at more than twice the rate it is doing now.”
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