Elder Patriot – During the presidential campaign Donald Trump consistently accused President Obama of bungling the deal with Iran to prevent further nuclear proliferation. He referred to it as the worst deal ever made. He had no idea how bad.
After he was elected president, Donald Trump found out just how bad a deal it really was.
A little over a month into his presidency the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the ISNA news agency that the country had requested to buy 950 tons of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor program.
This is yellow cake uranium that can be enriched for use in nuclear weapons. So it’s hard to believe that Obama never insisted on setting limits on the quantities that Iran could purchase.
Instead of being forced to petition UN atomic energy overseers for permission to import any amount over a predetermined “safe” level it was up to members of the Joint Commission to say what’s too much.
The Obama administration reportedly approved the Iranian’s request in its final weeks, but it was blocked by the United Kingdom.
Now, Iran has again petitioned for approval of the massive purchase that could be fully paid for by using just a fraction of the money that Obama made a part of the Iranian deal.
You’ve read that right – “Here’s the Uranium and let the U.S. taxpayers pay Kazakhstan for it.” You can’t make this up.
If you’re waiting to learn what we got in exchange you’ll be asking that question when they’re dropping dirt on you.
Now Trump is going to have to step in to stop this insanity. That is unless you think paying for a country to become a nuclear power after its leaders called for your destruction isn’t insane.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is leading the resistance coming from the Capitol:
“The Iranian regime remains an illegitimate nuclear actor, with international inspectors still unable to conclusively verify the absence of undeclared nuclear activities in Iran. Vetoing Iran’s proposal to buy 950 tons of uranium yellowcake from Kazakhstan should be a no-brainer. Iran does not need this nuclear material, which far exceeds its needs and could someday be further enriched for the purposes of nuclear weapons.”
Olli Heinonen, a 27-year veteran of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and its former deputy director-general, said Iran had no legitimate reason to import the material:
“The [nuclear deal] permits Iran to buy natural uranium to ‘replenish’ its stocks as it sells enriched uranium on the international market. To date, Iran has had difficulties locating a buyer for its enriched uranium stocks.”
That may no longer be the case as North Korea is accelerating its nuclear weapons program. This would be a match made in hell – fissile material for North Korea in exchange for technological assistance to help accelerate Iran’s weapons program.
What makes all of this even more suspicious is this stunning admission from NBC News that Iraq did have a nuclear weapons program under Saddam Hussein when, in 2008, it reported:
“The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” — the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment — was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.”
So, were the three charter members of George Bush’s “Axis of Evil” running parallel development programs to be merged at some future date? Regardless, despite identifying these rogue states in 2002 we have had no success in ending their nuclear ambitions through negotiations.
Our only “success” came through the ground war in Iraq. Now even that is no longer an option for dealing with North Korea and soon it won’t be an option in Iran.
Trump has promised that the next administration won’t inherit the same nuclear threats as were left to him. Today, that is a bold statement. If only he had been our president in 2001 the world would be a safer place today.