- - Friday, February 12, 2016

One of the tenants of the recently concluded Iranian nuclear agreement is that certain nuclear materials would be taken out of Iran and stored in Russia. A Russian vessel loaded with tons of low-enriched uranium left Iran to deposit the material for storage in the Russian Federation in December. Shockingly, the United States does not know where that uranium is nor does the Iranian deal require the U.S. to know where and how it will be stored.  

Ambassador Stephen Mull, the lead U.S. official overseeing the deal’s implementation, said during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the stockpile is a Russian custody issue. He said the U.S. is confident the material will be controlled properly, reported Fox News.

“We obviously have had many differences for many years with Russia,” Mull said. “But one of the features of our relationship is pretty close cooperation and protection of nuclear material.”

Russia is a close ally of Iran, said Smith, who added that he’s unaware of a requirement in the nuclear agreement that requires Russia to declare where the material will be stored and how it will be safeguarded.

“We do not have concerns about Russian custody of this material,” Mr. Mull said. What’s important, he said, is that it not be returned to Iran. Mr. Mull said there are sufficient monitoring systems in place to know if even “one piece of dust of that material goes back.”

That sounds a lot like if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, or our redline in Syria is the use of chemical weapons on civilians.  

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