The EU is a pack of lies…
IAEA “has not confirmed Iran’s nuke program remains exclusively peaceful.” Iran not dismantling its nuke program, but instead “proceeds with development of new centrifuges, piles up uranium & quietly building infrastructure.”
Imagining the Islamic Republic
Last week, the European Union issued a statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear weapons deal concluded with Iran’s rulers, from which President Trump withdrew three months ago.
“The JCPOA is working and delivering on its goal, namely to ensure that the Iranian programme remains exclusively peaceful as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 11 consecutive reports,” the statement asserted. “It is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, crucial for the security of Europe, the region, and the entire world. We expect Iran to continue to fully implement all of its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.”
One problem: The statement is “wholly misleading.” That’s the analysis of Olli Heinonen, who served at the IAEA for 27 years, including as its deputy director general and as head of its Department of Safeguards.
He is currently senior advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense if Democracies (where I hang my hat) and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Mr. Heinonen explained that the IAEA simply has not said what the EU claims it has said: “The IAEA has only said in its reports that it has continued to verify non-diversion of declared nuclear material, but it has not confirmed that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.”