The Trump administration suggested this week they will terminate the deal negotiated between the United States and Iran to supposedly end the Islamic Republic’s nuclear weapons program.
Speaking with The Washington Free Beacon, Trump officials claim Iran is complying with the deal’s restrictions on nuclear weapons, but is sponsoring terrorism.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The Trump administration is considering re-imposing a massive set of economic sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the Obama administration as part of the landmark nuclear agreement that gave Tehran billions in economic support, according to U.S. officials who told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran’s military buildup and disregard for international law could prompt U.S. reprisal.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress in a letter sent Tuesday that Iran is complying with requirements for its nuclear program imposed under the nuclear accord. However, Tillerson emphasized that Iran continues to be the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.
That’s only half true. Not only is Iran clearly using $1.7 billion in cash it secured through the deal to finance terrorism, the regime is helping to develop nuclear weapons in places like North Korea.
Here’s how Obama’s Iran deal is killing Americans in the Middle East and fueling a potential nuclear war in East Asia.
For one, even the Obama administration admitted the Iran deal helps Iran fund terrorism.
Appearing on CNN’s “Situation Room” in July 2015, then-White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice openly admitted the $1.7 billion in cash Obama transferred to Iran would be used to finance terrorism.
“Yes, it is real, it is possible, and, in fact, we should expect that some portion of that money would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region up until now,” Rice admitted.
Research by military experts reveals just exactly what Iran spends that kind of cash on – and it’s killing Americans.
“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Hizbollah proxy serve as expeditionary forces for Iran throughout the Middle East, with the latter coordinating terror attacks and fundraising activities in Latin America, Africa and Asia,” reports retired British military officials Colonel Richard Kemp and Major Chris Driver-Williams.
Their report reveals:
Iranian military action, often working through proxies using terrorist tactics, has led to the deaths of well over a thousand American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade and a half.
Throughout the course of the Iraq campaign, a variety of weapons flowed into the country through direct purchases by the government of Iran. These included Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs), a shaped charge designed to penetrate armor. These weapons – often camouflaged as rocks – were identical to those employed by Hizbullah against Israeli forces. In 2006, the British Telegraph revealed that three Iranian factories were “mass producing” the roadside EFP bombs used to kill soldiers in Iraq . . .
Iran paid Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they killed in Afghanistan. The Sunday Times reported that a Taliban operative received $18,000 from an Iranian firm in Kabul as reward for an attack in 2010 that killed several Afghan government troops and destroyed an American armored vehicle.
So far, Iran-backed militants have killed an estimated 1,100 U.S. soldiers.
But what the Trump administration doesn’t address is Iran’s role in propelling forward North Korea’s belligerent nuclear weapons program, a failing that seems to be a continuation of the Obama policy.
In an Oct. 2016 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) outlined what appears to be nuclear collaboration between the two terrorist-sponsoring regimes.
Among the questions posed by Cruz were “What is the United States doing to ensure that the $1.7 billion paid to Iran in cash earlier this year is not used to finance nuclear weapons research in North Korea?” and “Did the rocket engine that North Korea tested in September of this year obtain the same capability as the engine the Treasury Department referenced in January when it designated eleven Iranian persons for sanctions violations?”
And those are questions that deserve answers.
“While there’s been no official U.S. confirmation that this Iran-North Korea partnership extends to nuclear collaboration, there’s plenty of official U.S. documentation that it includes cooperation on developing ballistic missiles. That has long raised questions about whether the two countries are also in nuclear cahoots, because ballistic missiles are basically cost-efficient only as vehicles for delivering nuclear warheads,” National Security Correspondent Claudia Rossett wrote in Forbes in December 2016.
“And though it could be mere coincidence, it is striking that during the past year, in which Iran — to multi-billion dollar emolument — has officially relinquished any interest in nuclear weapons, cash-hungry North Korea has never been busier. North Korea has carried out two nuclear tests this year alone, in January and September, bringing its total number of nuclear tests to five since 2006, four of them during Obama’s presidency,” Rossett noted.
Cruz did not receive a response from the Obama administration and has not received one from the Trump administration. But unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration is taking steps to thwart any Tehran-Pyongyang collaboration.
Ripping up Obama’s deal with Iran and cutting off its cash and equipment pipeline would be a good first step toward defanging North Korea’s nuclear venom.