It was the bribe that was supposed to have halted Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions for at least a decade.
The United States in 2016 handed the Islamic Republic of Iran $150 billion – and later another $50 billion – to pause any development of weapons-grade nuclear capability. It was in concert to the much-touted “Iran deal” – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA – that was hailed by the UN and global bureaucrats as a breakthrough in negotiations with the Iranian regime.
But something stunning occurred that is highly likely to change the calculus of future engagement with Iran.
The “game changer” was a recent Mossad stealth mission that reveals what Israel suspected all along: Iran has been lying. They have been developing nuclear weapons under the noses of the international community all this time. The discoveries from this mission vindicated President Trump’s allegation that the “deal” was, in fact, a disaster.
In a single night, Israeli operatives smuggled half a ton of incriminating documents and hundreds of compact discs out of an Iranian storage facility. The files show Iran is, and was, continuing its nuclear program in secret, under the name Project Amad, designed to build, implement, and test nuclear weapons.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s
Revealing Press Conference
In May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led a televised press conference, wherein he revealed “Iran’s secret atomic archives” which contained fifty-five thousand pages, and another 55,000 files on 183 CDs. Those were not even the full extent of what agents could bring back to Israel. Netanyahu called it “one of the biggest” exposes ever found, and “something the world has never seen before.”
Netanyahu noted that despite the fact that “Iran’s leaders repeatedly denied pursuing nuclear weapons,” the files offered “new and conclusive proof of the secret nuclear weapons program that Iran has been hiding for years from the international community.”
Israeli intelligence knew all the signed promises were empty. Finally, the Mossad-delivered archives provided smoking-gun evidence that Iranians were continuing to develop their illicit nuclear program. Virtually no one in the echelons of the Israeli government believed the Iranians would be honest about their intentions,especially given how their genocidal wishes against Israel continued loudly, unabashedly, and unabated.
Reports say that Mossad agents have known about the building where the archives were housed since around the time the deal was signed. From the outside, the building looked unassuming, like a “dilapidated warehouse,” but inside, massive safes held scores of documents that contained charts, presentations, blueprints, photographs, videos, and schematics to build nuclear warheads. The Iranian government’s plan, as outlined by the documents, was to “design, produce, and test” five warheads, each with ten kiloton capabilities. That would each warhead roughly as deadly as the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, where about 70,000 were killed, and as many structures were decimated.
According to Netanyahu, the Iranians have missile technology that allows them to fly a warhead as far as Tel Aviv or
Moscow. “But they’re working on far, far, greater ranges… to
carry nuclear weapons.”
Confiscated Files Tell Story Of Deception
The documents have since been analyzed, translated from the Persian, and shared with American officials – who have vouched for the collection’s authenticity.
These files reveal – at a minimum – that Iran was in contravention
of several sections of the deal.
The findings show without a doubt that Iran had no intention to live up to its end of the bargain, and only sought to pay lip service in order to have sanctions lifted, while taking hundreds of billions of dollars of US incentive money.
In looking at the text of the agreement, it’s apparent there was broken promise after broken promise.
The internationally brokered agreement stated that Iran must “refrain from any actions inconsistent with the letter, spirit, and intent of the agreement,” and, “Iran will not engage in activities including at the R&D level, that could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” Suffice it to say, Iran cannot say it followed the deal in good faith, and effectively hoodwinked the Americans.
Additionally, the deal was clear to note Iran promises that it will “will never seek, develop, or acquire nuclear weapons.”
On Iran’s end, the agreement stated they had to allow access to the International Atomic Energy Agency officials to “monitor implementation” – which, of course, they could not have possibly have done. They furthermore were prohibited from enriching uranium to nuclear-levels and had to cut their existing stockpile.
Benefits Iran Received
In return, international powersagreed to remove the painful sanctions that had been economically crippling Iran. That meant the opening up of banking transactions, trade, technology, energy, financial dealings, and other business on a regional
and global level.
The UN Security Council,moreover, agreed to nullify any previous resolutions on the Iranian nuclear issue.
Then-President Obama was quoted in an interview with the Atlanticstating that he had faith that “it is possible for leaders or regimes to be cruel, bigoted, and twisted intheir world views, and still make rational calculations with respect to their limits and their self-preservation.”
Putting Israel Into The Picture
The Obama-brokered “Iran deal”, however, contained no input or involvement by the very nation that was directly threatened with nuclear attack, Israel, who made it no secret they felt that the deal was highly flawed, and even dangerous.
Just two months after the deal was signed, the Iranians test fired two missiles that had inscribed on them, “Israel should bewiped (off the map)” – certainly making clear what they planned to do if ever they were capable of doing so.
It was a refrain often heard from the mullahs, officials, and heads of state. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad encouraged “a new wave of (attacks)” to erase Israel. “Supreme Leader” Khamenei was quoted as saying, “This barbaric,
wolf-like, and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.”
Conveniently timed when the sanctions were lifted, the
state-endorsed “Holocaust cartoon contest” was reinstated, with an added jab: the prize money of $12,000 was increased to $50,000, according to the Gatestone Institute. The contest
sees dozens of countries participate in artwork submissions that aim to discredit and deny the Shoah. With it, there is a cynical dual goal: to mock the Holocaust, while endeavoring to commit another one.
Iran’s Reaction To The Deal – More Deception
Meanwhile, the holes in the agreement were quickly
Given its consistent duplicity, deception, the cat-and-mouse gamewith the United Nations, and whipping up of hatred for the US and Israel, it comes as no surprise that Iran’s leaders thought the entire diplomatic dance was completely meaningless. And they weren’t shy about it from the beginning.
After the “deal” was signed, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a statement on his website entitled “World powers recognized Iran enrichment right.” There, he explained that “the enrichment right of the Islamic Republic has been‘explicitly’ (sic).” His statement also said that enrichment activities, which he said were “righteous” to pursue, would continue unabated.
Rouhani added that the “positive outcome” of the deal was because Iran “made western governments understand” the value of respect. The success of the talks, he continued, “was the outcome of the resistance and patience of all Iranian nuclear scientists.”
Furthermore, world action against Iran to stop its pursuit of weapons-grade nuclear materials was actually a “propaganda campaign of enemies, aiming to raise Iranophobia in public opinion” which was “foiled.”
No sooner was the ink dry, one of the highest ranking American diplomats conceded, moreover, that the money given to Iran may very well end up in the hands of terrorists.
Secretary of State John Kerry noted in Jan. 2016 that some funds given to the Islamic Republic will end up in the hands of terrorists, reported CNN. Two years later, the numbers were quantified by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who said that Iran spends about $18 billion each year on terrorist activities. Much of that, it happens, is to shore up arms on the Syrian front, aimed squarely at Israel.
For example, as recent as Feb. 2018, an Iranian drone that took off from Syria was shot down in Israeli airspace.
Forbes, on March 30, 2017 noted that an AK-47 – the machine gun of choice for Middle Eastern rebels – runs at about $2,000 on the black market in Syria. With $18 billion, Iran could underwrite nine million Syrian AK-47s (not including bullets). The Associated Press in March, 2016, noted that Albania is selling used, decades-old Soviet and Chinese-made fighter aircraft, for as low as $8,000USD – giving an impression of how affordable warplanes could be for deep-pocketed bellicose governments using proxies to attack Israel.
Popular Mechanics, in April 2011, noted that the now-deposed Libyan regime’s arsenal stockpile could be floating around in any direction,leaving one to wonder if Iranian associates might have eyes for these items. The same magazine also said that Iran was “high on the list” of countries that provide terrorists with
anti-aircraft missiles. The U.S. State Department maintains that the Islamic Republic is still the top global sponsor of terrorism.
President Trump’s Actions
On the heels of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s April 30thannouncement, President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Iran deal on May 8th that he so reviled from the start. He also reinstated harsh economic sanctions against Iran.
“Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie,” the president said. “No action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the means of delivering them.
At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program.”
The president said in his speech that “in the years since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget has grown by almost
40 percent… After the sanctions were lifted the dictatorship used its new funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, support terrorism, and cause havoc throughoutthe Middle East and beyond.”
“The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime can still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time… If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”
The president reiterated that the Islamic Republic is the “leading state sponsor of terror,” exporting armaments and weapons-grade hardware to authoritarian Middle East countries and their militant proxies, including Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda.
Opposing President Trump
Still others in the international community have faith in the nuclear agreement. The top European Union diplomat, Federica Mogherini, urged other countries to maintain the deal. While, on the other hand, Saudi Arabia said they support Trump’s decision. Two of Iran’s allies in the region, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain also backed President Trump.
Standing firm on his decision, former president Barack Obama, after hearing of Trump’s announcement, stated:
“The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current
US Secretary of Defense.”
As for Iran, lawmakers in their parliament welcomed president Trump’s decision by setting fire to a paper US flag, and chanting “Death to America!”
As we go to press, this story is ongoing. In retaliation for the recent Iranian attack on Israel’s Golan Heights, in which
30 rockets were shot from inside Syria, Israel carried out one of its biggest air operations in the last few decades. Israel bombed dozens of military targets belonging to the Iranian Al Quds Force in Syria. Iran’s proxy terror group, Lebanese Hezbollah threatened that “any further attacks by Israel will be met with more, larger attacks.” Israel remains confident of President Trump’s continued support.