Certainly, Iran has agreed to halt work on its plutonium plant at Arak, where a second path to nuclear arms could be opened, but the agreement does not permit inspection. Trust us, Tehran told the P5+1. Trust has to be earned, not granted on demand.
Yes, the IAEA monitors will have free access to important nuclear sites but not to the Parchin military site, where the regime has conducted illicit nuclear experiments. It has been trying to cover up evidence of those banned nuclear tests so the world will not have proof of its deceit.
Iran says it wants to develop nuclear energy as a source of national pride. No nation would accept those crushing sanctions for pride. More deceit.
Iran says it wants to have nuclear energy for selfsufficiency. It already has more than enough oil for domestic consumption and is exporting it. It could have all the nuclear energy it needs for much less cost from foreign sources. More deceit.
No, what Iran really wants is to become a nuclear-armed power so it has the means to bring about the destruction of Israel and dominate the region. Israel and Western-allied Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia have formed an unlikely alliance in opposing Sunday’s agreement, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “historic mistake.”
Indeed, it most certainly is. Iran is playing the same game that helped North Korea acquire nuclear weapons.
The Islamic republic has negotiated over its illicit nuclear program with the United States and the world powers for more than a decade, during which time it has successfully increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium from 150 to more than 19,000 today. It now has more than 10 tons of low-enriched uranium — sufficient for several bombs — and has more than 1,000 ballistic missiles. In collaboration with North Korea, it is working on intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The deal has been struck — at least for six months — and the world powers won’t go back on it, a deal that leaves Iran’s nuclear infrastructure largely in place. The mullahs will use the extra time to continue on their path to becoming a nuclear power. Once they achieve that goal, they think, the West must accept it as a fait accompli.
Congress must also use the next six months to work on even harsher sanctions, ready to slap on the regime once it is clear that the clerics have played us for fools again. Then those sanctions must be kept in place until “Trust but verify” is replaced with “Dismantle and destroy.”
Or until the freedom-loving people of Iran have had enough of their dictators and rid the land of their scourge.