Obama administration continues to downplay the Iranian violations of Nuclear Agreement
Remember the famous ‘snapping back’ of sanctions that President Obama promised last year if Iran were to violate the Nuclear Agreement? The New York Times had hailed the ‘snap back’ as a diplomatic masterstroke, writing “snapback mechanism [to reimpose sanctions on Iran] is one of the most unusual parts of the deal. In the event that Iran is perceived as violating it, the agreement allows the full raft of penalties to resume automatically.”
Well guess what, Iran continues to violate the Nuclear Deal and President Obama’s ‘full raft’ is nowhere to be seen. Obama Administration has instead responded reluctantly to Islamic Republic of Iran’s repeated testing of ballistic missiles capable to carrying nuclear warheads by blacklisting a handful of Iranian companies.
The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted on two Iranian companies involved in the country’s missile programme. Despite the Nuclear Deal reached last year, Iran continues to develop of Nuclear Missiles Delivery Capabilities. The development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear payload is a clear violation of the Deal that ended Tehran Regime’s political isolation and removed trade sanctions.
Iran has embarked on an ambitious military build-up, never before seen in the history of the Middle East, financed by about $150 billion Tehran is set to receive as part of the Obama-Kerry Nuclear Deal. This build-up dwarfs the military budget of Israel, a country Iranian Regime continues to threaten with annihilation.
The two Iranian companies hit by the latest U.S. ban are considered to run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, the military-arm of Tehran Regime with a long history of involvement in international terrorism. The Revolutionary Guards control a significant portion of Iran’s economy, including the nation’s strategic oil production. IRGC also influences Iran’s military and foreign policy. In the wake of the Nuclear Deal, it has significantly increased Iran’s military footprint in conflicts across the Middle East.
Obama administration continues to downplay the fresh violations maintaining that the latest missile tests do not violate the Nuclear Deal. Reuters news agency reports:
Iran will pursue its development of ballistic missiles despite the U.S. blacklisting of more Iranian companies linked to the program, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Monday.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles this month, drawing condemnation from Western leaders who believe the tests violate a United Nations resolution. (…)
“Even if they build a wall around Iran, our missile program will not stop,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace arm, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. “They are trying to frighten our officials with sanctions and invasion. This fear is our biggest threat.”
U.S. officials said Iran’s missile test would violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran not to conduct “any activity” related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
This is not the first time Obama administration would be blacklisting suspicious Iranian businesses — after agreeing on that ill-advised Nuclear Deal. In January 2015, Washington imposed similar sanctions on 11 other Iranian firms over missile test carried out by the Tehran Regime in October last year.
Imposing sanctions on handful of Iranian companies from operating in the West is not going to affect Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb or developing a Nuclear Weapons Delivery System.
Iran’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development depend on North Korean supplies and expertise. North Korea had helped Iran to build underground nuclear facilities, and keeps on supplying critical components and technology needed for a long-range ballistic missile program.
Iran is literally testing the limits of Obama-Kerry Nuclear Deal. In February, the U.N. nuclear watchdog IAEA confirmed that Iran had “exceeded a limit” of its heavy water it is allowed to keep by a tonne. The heavy water is used in nuclear reactors to produce enriched Uranium needed to build a nuclear bomb.
An official in Obama administration even defended Iran by saying, “It is not surprising that there are challenges for Iran in ensuring it is meeting all of the many nuclear commitments in the early stages.” In other words; what difference does it make? It’s just 2,000 lbs of extra nuclear material in the hands of a genocidal Islamist regime.
Iran has sufficiently tested Obama Administration’s resolve and found it wanting. President Obama’s policy of appeasement and “diplomatic engagement” has only emboldened Iranian Regime actively pursuing Weapons of Mass Destruction and openly threating to use them.
Watch: WSJ reports on continuing missile tests by Iran
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