Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., once again exposed what some refer to as the Obama administration’s total failure to forge a good nuclear agreement with Iran.
Earlier, Pompeo – together with Senator Tom Cotton – had revealed that the agreement with Iran contained secret side deals that would allow Iran to take samples of soil in the military complex at Parchin, where the regime is suspected to have conducted tests with detonators for nuclear warheads. Normally, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducts these tests during official inspections.
Now, Pompeo got the State Department to admit that the nuclear deal (JCPOA) with Iran was “never signed and was not legally binding.”
Pompeo had asked the State Department if he could see the signed agreement, but Julia Frifield, the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, responded by writing a letter in which she admitted that the agreement was not signed. Pompeo published the letter on his website.
Here are the most important parts of Frifield’s letter:
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement and is not a signed document …The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments.
Pompeo responded to Frifield’s letter:
For the State Department to try to defend the unsigned and non-binding Iran nuclear agreement by calling it a “political commitment” is about as absurd as the terms of the deal itself. … Instead of forging an agreement with Iran that will protect Americans and prevent the world’s largest state sponsor of terror from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the Obama administration caved to Iranian bullies and serial nuclear cheaters. Unsigned, this agreement is nothing more than a press release and just about as enforceable.
In September, Western Journalism reported that Iran had not signed the agreement, and Pompeo knew this as well. The real news is that Pompeo now got the State Department to admit that the JCPOA has not been signed by the parties who negotiated the deal and is not a binding agreement for Iran (for the U.S., it is binding because the Obama administration didn’t veto the deal in the UN Security Council).
One of the verification measures Frifield referred to is the IAEA investigation into weapon-related nuclear work that Iran has conducted in the past.
The agency has now announced that it will not be able to reach a definitive conclusion on the issue. “The IAEA report will not be black and white,” IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said on Thursday during a press conference, while adding that any decision on further investigation will be up to the IAEA member states.
Amano also told reporters that the IAEA is “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran,” and thus cannot conclude that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”
The Tower observed that this “echoed an observation Amano made in January when he revealed that the IAEA is ‘not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.’”
Iran increased pressure on the IAEA on Sunday and announced that it demanded an end to the IAEA investigation into past work on weapon-related nuclear issues and threatened to halt further implementation of the nuclear agreement.
“Without the closure of the file regarding past issues, there is no possibility of implementing the JCPOA,” Admiral Ali Shamkhani told IRNA, the state-controlled news agency, according to Israel Radio Reshet Bet.
Shamkhani’s threat followed a statement by another high-ranking Iranian official who said on Thursday that Iran was closer than ever to a nuclear weapon and bragged that “completing the work would be easier than putting in a contact lens.”
Israeli TV Channel 2 quoted Hassan Karimpour, an adviser to Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani, who had said that finishing a nuclear bomb would be “easy to do, as soon as the spiritual ban on nuclear weapons were lifted.”
Kerimpour’s remark on the “spiritual ban” is a classic example of Iran’s deceit.
He and other Iranian officials claim that there is a so-called Fatwa by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on the production of nuclear weapons. The Fatwa doesn’t exist, however.
In reality, Khamenei ordered the development of nuclear weapons during a 1987 secret meeting of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Khamenei said during this meeting that Iran always has been subject to external threats and must stand up to the dangers it is facing and must make its enemies aware that it can defend itself.
“Accordingly, any step that we take from here will serve the defense of our nation and your revolution. With this aim in mind, you must work hard and fast,” Khamenei told his audience (Ronen Bergman – The Secret War with Iran, page 317).