Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Courting Conflict with Iran

The US has imposed some of the most stringent sanctions on Iran, going as far as to order the arrest of a very senior executive of Huawei computers for flouting the trade embargo on Iran. 

The Americans accuse Iran of breaking a treaty it made not to manufacture nuclear weapons. But the nation that broke the treaty was the USA.

The chief of the international organization which has the responsibility of monitoring Iran's compliance with its pledge, International Atomic Energy Agency, publicly reiterated, “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.]Yukiya Amano said. 

This is confirmed by America's own intelligence services in testimony to Congress. 

CIA Director Gina Haspel attested to Iran's compliance.  
US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats also acknowledged that Iran was not seeking to develop its nuclear weapon capabilities. "We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking the key activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device.” Coats said. 

Due to the US unilateral decision to pull out of it and impose sanctions upon crucial sectors of Iran's economy, both intelligence directors detect that it has resulted in signs that " if Iran does not gain the tangible trade and investment benefits it expected from the deal,” the country may well resume those nuclear activities that the JCPOA curtails.

Trump called his own top intelligence chiefs “extremely passive and naive” on Iran.

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