According to new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former President Obama’s Iran deal was formed on a bed of lies. This confirms what many conservatives have argued for years.
Pompeo made the admission in a lengthy statement and said the deal was “built on Iran’s lies,” and was not formed “on a foundation of good faith or transparency.” Pompeo made the assessment from the intelligence obtained by regional partner, the nation of Israel. Throughout the statement, Pompeo references the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.
“For many years, the Iranian regime has insisted to the world that its nuclear program was peaceful,” Pompeo said in the statement. “The documents obtained by Israel from inside of Iran show beyond any doubt that the Iranian regime was not telling the truth.”
“I have personally reviewed many of the Iranian files. Our nonproliferation and intelligence officials have been analyzing tens of thousands of pages and translating them from Farsi,” he added. “This analytical work will continue for many months. We assess that the documents we have reviewed are authentic.”
And, “The documents show that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program for years. Iran sought to develop nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems. Iran hid a vast atomic archive from the world and from the IAEA — until today.”
Pompeo added, “Among the flaws of the Iran nuclear deal was the whitewashing of Iran’s illicit activities related to its military nuclear program. Iran had many opportunities over the years to turn over its files to international inspectors from the IAEA and admit its nuclear weapons work. Instead, they lied to the IAEA repeatedly. They also lied about their program to the six nations who negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.”
“What this means is the deal was not constructed on a foundation of good faith or transparency. It was built on Iran’s lies. Iran’s nuclear deception is inconsistent with Iran’s pledge in the nuclear deal ‘that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop, or acquire any nuclear weapons.'”
In conclusion, Pompeo said, “We are therefore assessing what the discovery of Iran’s secret nuclear files means for the future of the JCPOA. Allowing restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to sunset was a mistake. One has to ask: Why exactly was Iran hiding half a ton of nuclear weaponization files while implementing the Iran deal? It is worth recalling that from 2006-2015, Iran was prohibited by Security Council resolutions from enriching any nuclear material.”
Pompeo said he, Trump and the international community would be reassessing the deal ahead of its May 12 deadline.
“Now that the world knows Iran has lied and is still lying, it is time to revisit the question of whether Iran can be trusted to enrich or control any nuclear material. As the President’s May 12 deadline to fix the Iran deal approaches, I will be consulting with our European allies and other nations on the best way forward in light of what we now know about Iran’s past pursuit of nuclear weapons and its systematic deception of the world.”
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) May 1, 2018
Here’s more, per Washington Examiner:
Although European allies are urging the U.S. to remain in the agreement, President Trump has signaled he intends to withdraw from the arrangement unless it is modified. A decision from the U.S. on the future of the agreement will be reached by May 12.
Pompeo — who, as a House Republican, was one of the sharpest critics of the Iran deal during negotiations over the pact — is widely expected to advise Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the deal.
But, Pompeo put the focus on negotiations with European allies, who have resisted the Trump team’s proposals to craft a supplemental deal that would put toughen the western posture toward Iran, in the run up to a May 12 deadline to renew economic sanctions on Iran or grant another waiver.
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