Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said that the Iran nuclear deal was not built “on a foundation of good faith or transparency,” but was “built on Iran’s lies,” when Israel revealed it had obtained 110,000 files from an Iranian storage facility on Iran’s efforts to develop a secret nuclear weapons program.
From the Washington Examiner:
“For many years, the Iranian regime has insisted to the world that its nuclear program was peaceful,” Pompeo said in a statement Monday. “The documents obtained by Israel from inside of Iran show beyond any doubt that the Iranian regime was not telling the truth.”
The documents, which were gathered by Israeli intelligence, demonstrate Iran was planning to continue a nuclear weapons program before signing the Iran deal with other world powers in 2015, Israel argues. Iran denied it ever had a nuclear weapons program throughout the negotiation process of the agreement.
According to Pompeo the U.S. is now determining what happens to the future of the Iran nuclear deal based on what was found inside the documents. In part, the Iran nuclear deal was an agreement that Iran would freeze its nuclear program and receive sanctions relief. Contrary to alternate universe liberal orthodoxy, the sanctions on Iran were working. The regime was close to tumbling when Barack Obama revived it with this deal, which included giving the terrorist regime $1.7 billion, which Obama had to know they would use on their nuclear program. Of course, the Obama administration said the sanctions weren’t working while everyone in this universe knew that they were.
Iran has constantly lied about it’s nuclear program, telling the world that they never had one. The Obama administration allowed those lies to go unchecked due to Obama’s obsessive need to get a deal done with the terrorist regime. Can you imagine if Barack Obama wanted an Iran nuclear deal done for his legacy, Nixon China style, at the expense of the American people, one of our greatest allies, Israel, and the rest of the free world?
“Among the flaws of the Iran nuclear deal was the whitewashing of Iran’s illicit activities related to its military nuclear program,” Pompeo said. “Iran had many opportunities to turn over its files to international inspectors from the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] and admit its nuclear 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.”
Pompeo went on. “The deal was not constructed on a foundation of good faith or transparency. We are therefore assessing what the discovery of Iran’s secret nuclear files means for the future of the JCPOA.”
The Secretary of State said that the U.S. believes the files they have reviewed so far are real and genuine.
“I have personally reviewed many of the Iranian files,” Pompeo said. “Our nonproliferation and intelligence officials have been analyzing tens of thousands of pages and translating them from Farsi. This analytical work will continue for many months. We assess that the documents we have reviewed are authentic.”
President Trump has said he wants to withdraw from the deal, which he calls a “horrible agreement for the United States.” It isn’t even legally binding as it is a treaty that President Obama never put through the U.S. Senate for the Constitutional process of advise and consent. Obama just told the world it wasn’t a treaty. Again, alternate universe time.
Trump’s decision on pulling out will be reached by May 12. That’s the deadline to renew economic sanctions on Iran or grant another waiver.
Pompeo was a huge critic of the Iran deal when serving in the House of Representatives, and it is expected that he will advise the president to withdraw the U.S. from the deal, even though he has put the focus on negotiations with European allies, especially those who have resisted Trump’s proposals to create a new or supplemental deal that would toughen the west’s resolve toward Iran.
“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,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who tried to lobby President Obama and Congress not to do the deal with Iran when the administration was giving everything, including the White House kitchen sink, to the rogue terrorist state in return for next to nothing just revealed a cache of Iran’s secret files of their nuclear program and nuclear ambitions to try to influence Trump’s decision.
“The nuclear deal gives Iran a clear pass to an atomic arsenal,” Netanyahu said. “It should never have been concluded. And in a few days’ time, President Trump will decide, will make a decision on what to do with the nuclear deal. I’m sure he’ll do the right thing. The right thing for the United States, the right thing for Israel and the right thing for the peace of the world.”
According to Israeli officials, the documents were obtained within the past 10 days. Netanyahu said the files were moved to a “highly secret” location in Tehran, and contained materials spread over 55,000 pages and 55,000 files on 183 CD’s.
SOURCE: Washington Examiner