- - Thursday, December 3, 2015

Iran, the U.N. and the White House really want Iran’s past nuclear case at the Iran, U.N., Obama want past nuclear case closed (IAEA) closed. I wonder why? The IAEA recently released its long awaited report on Iran’s past attempts to weaponize its nuclear program and the report was more forceful than some expected. Although the U.N. agency reported that Iran had an active weapons program up to 2003, the IAEA said Iran ceased all activity by 2009 except for some occasional research.

Of course, there’s the little issue of Iran now taking its own samples at its suspected nuclear facilities versus an independent investigation and the continued stonewalling and outright lying to U.N. investigators. But, that won’t stop the U.N. and the White House from lifting sanctions on the Islamic theocracy by January of this year and the oil money will start to flow.

The Guardian reports on tests at one nuclear facility in the IAEI report, The IAEA said it found no evidence from environmental samples that such chemicals had been stored there and noted that extensive work had gone on at the site after the agency expressed an interest in visiting it in 2012. The building had been shrouded, walls were taken down and replaced and the ground around it was scraped. Such remodeling work, the report said, “seriously undermined the agency’s ability to conduct effective verification”.

Iran has provided what [the IAEA] says was sufficient,” said a senior U.S. official working on the implementation of the Iran deal. “We had not expected a full confession [by Iran], nor did we need one,” quoted the Wall Street Journal.

In short, the administration admits Iran was lying all along about developing nuclear weapons, but we are going to trust them going forward.

The Iranian State News Agency quotes head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi regarding the IAEA report, ‘They have failed to refer to any document that could support their claims, therefore, the fabricated case which had troubled Iran for years will be closed forever,’ Salehi stressed.

Not all professional analysis presents such a rosy opinion. “Faced with such outright Iranian efforts to deceive the inspectors, the IAEA broke relatively little new ground,” the Institute for Science and International Security said. The Washington-based think tank added that the investigation should not be considered closed. “The truth of Iran’s work on nuclear weapons is probably far more extensive than outlined by the IAEA in this report,” reported the Guardian.

In any event, as with much of the Obama administration’s foreign policy legacy, this issue will be punted to the next administration to deal with so this president can say he saved the world from Iranian nuclear terror. History will be the judge of that.

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