Iran Says US Diplo­mats Were Bribed To Pass Deal, IAEA Chief Sud­denly Quits

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL - By Jared Evan

An ad­viser to H.J.Ansari Zarif, the deputy for par­lia­men­tary and Ira­nian af­fairs within Iran' s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, specif­i­cally threat­ened to ex­pose ev­ery cor­rupt of­fi­cial who ac­cepted bribes to make the Iran deal hap­pen three years ago, while the chief of in­spec­tions at the UN nu­clear watch­dog agency re­signed sud­denly, the agency said on Fri­day with­out giv­ing a rea­son, ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

“If Euro­peans stop trad­ing with Iran and don't put pres­sure on US then we will re­veal which western politi­cians and how much money they had re­ceived dur­ing nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions to make #IranDeal hap­pen” Mid­dle East an­a­lyst for The Jerusalem Post, Ra­man Ghavami tweeted the re­marks al­legedly made by Has­san Ghashghavi , the deputy for­eign min­is­ter of Iran.

The ad­viser's tweet ap­pears to sug­gest that some Western of­fi­cials par­took in “pay-to-play” schemes by ac­cept­ing money to sup­port and ul­ti­mately sign the deal. It would seem, that the Obama bro­kered deal was so one-sided that Ira­ni­ans had to bribe of­fi­cials to go along with it.

In re­lated news on Fri­day, Tero Var­jo­ranta, chief of in­spec­tions at the UN nu­clear watch­dog agency re­signed sud­denly on Fri­day with­out giv­ing a rea­son.

The de­par­ture of Tero Var­jo­ranta comes at a sen­si­tive time, three days af­ter the United States an­nounced it was quit­ting the 2015 nu­clear deal with Iran.

The IAEA, which is in charge of mak­ing sure Iran is com­ply­ing with the 2015 deal, has re­leased sev­eral re­ports which showed that Iran was con­tin­u­ing to abide by the deal's key mea­sures.

“Mr. Tero Var­jo­ranta has re­signed ef­fec­tive 11 May 2018,” an IAEA spokesman said, as quoted by Reuters. “The di­rec­tor gen­eral has ap­pointed Mr. Mas­simo Aparo, act­ing di­rec­tor, Office for Ver­i­fi­ca­tion in Iran, as act­ing deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral and head of the Depart­ment of Safe­guards, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.”

On Thurs­day, of­fi­cials in Wash­ing­ton said the White House wants in­spec­tions of Iran's nu­clear sites to con­tinue de­spite Trump's with­drawal from the deal.

It was also re­ported in the Bos­ton Globe shortly be­fore Trump scrapped the JCPOA agree­ment that former sec­re­tary of state John Kerry has been en­gaged in se­cret talks with Ira­nian for­eign min­is­ter Javad Zarif, as the two have “strate­gized” about how to pre­serve the nu­clear deal the pair helped ne­go­ti­ate. Kerry and Ira­nian of­fi­cials deny this took place, while some have re­ported that Kerry spoke to mem­ber of con­gress about his ef­forts. An­a­lysts say Kerry is blur­ring the line be­tween le­git­i­mate ad­vo­cacy and il­le­git­i­mate ef­forts to sab­o­tage the ac­tions of a sit­ting U.S. gov­ern­ment.

With Iran threat­en­ing to ex­pose US diplo­mats who al­legedly took money from Iran them­selves to sup­port the Joint “Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion” (J-CPOA) and a ma­jor res­ig­na­tion at the IAEA , it is look­ing more cer­tain by the minute Trump made a smart de­ci­sion in with­draw­ing from the “Iran deal”. Lots of ques­tions re­main.

H.J.Ansari Zarif, the deputy for par­lia­men­tary and Ira­nian af­fairs (Photo:You Tube Screen Shot)

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