We need to stop ignoring Iran’s obstruction of nuclear weapons inspections, according to the former vice-president of the European Parliament.
Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a Spanish professor of atomic and nuclear physics, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner in which he explained that Iran has a long history in obstructing investigations into its nuclear programme and this has not changed in the two years since the nuclear deal was signed.
Vidal-Quadras, who is also president of the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) which seeks to gain justice for the victims of the 1988 Iranian massacre, wrote: “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action effectively skirted this issue by making it theoretically possible for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ask for and receive access to military sites, but only following a month-long process during which the Islamic Republic could work to erase evidence of past activities.”
This is especially troubling when you consider that the IAEA’s reports are the chief reason why many countries besides the US believe that Iran is in compliance with the deal. The problem is, how can you be in compliance with anything if you are always allowed to delay investigations until you’ve hidden the evidence?
Vidal-Quadras explained that soil samples obtained by the IAEA from the Parchin military base, which many still suspect to be a hive of nuclear-related activity, showed signs of nuclear activity after the nuclear site was supposedly demolished. This damning evidence was swept under the rug in order to push through the nuclear deal.
It’s not the only evidence though. Intelligence from the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who was the first to expose the Iranian Regime’s nuclear programme back in 2002, showed many such instances of the Regime’s lies and the world’s neglect.
Vidal-Quadras wrote: “But even without this additional intelligence, the Parchin situation and the Iranian regime’s repeated insistence that military sites are simply off limits to international inspectors should be enough to demonstrate to the world that the [nuclear deal] has likely not halted Iran’s nuclear activities, much less convinced the regime to cooperate with the international community.”
He wrote that the world powers seem to be more than aware of the Regime’s lies but are choosing to look the other way. This clearly shows that the nuclear deal has failed in its objectives.
He encouraged Donald Trump to decertify Iran’s compliance at the upcoming October 15th deadline because there is clear evidence to show that Iran is cheating on the nuclear deal.
He wrote: “To the extent that Iran refuses to cooperate with the international community, the nations of the world should show that they can do better by cooperating among themselves in order to exert the pressure that is necessary to make absolutely certain that this theocratic regime is no longer pursuing the capability to build weapons of mass destruction. Giving Tehran a free pass is simply too dangerous.”
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