Sometime between now and May 12th, President Trump will decide whether or not to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the P5+1 deal, and officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Foreign policy experts on the left are begging the President to stay in the JCPOA, they say it is working. But the truth is that thanks to the lack of inspections codified in the deal there is no way to know whether or not Iran is actually complying with the agreement.
While I have no knowledge what the president or his advisers are thinking, I do know that the lack of real inspections is just one of the items America was misled about by former President Obama, former Secretary of State Kerry and their cronies when trying to sell the JCPOA to America–parts of the deal were hidden from the public, and the Obama administration lied to America about other parts. Heck, the administration admitted it, in a New York Times Magazine piece Ben Rhodes explained how he led the administration’s efforts to misrepresent the truth in order “to sell” the JCPOA to the press.
The below are some of the elements of the deal that the Obama administration misled America about.
- The P5+1 deal gives Iran the capacity to enrich for bombs but NOT for power plants. The deal says that Iran can enrich fuel for peaceful purposes. However, under the agreement, Iran is allowed to keep 5,060 centrifuges, which according to former deputy director of the CIA Mike Morell is enough enrichment to produce bombs but not enough for a power program.
- The JCPOA lifted the ban on the Iranian ballistic missile program.Before the deal UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 1929, the council used mandatory language about ballistic missiles, it said, “It decides that Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.” The P5+1 resolution passed by the UNSC changes the language. The On page 119 of the UNSC approved P5+1 does not prohibit from carrying out ballistic missile work but asks them not to carry out ballistic missile development. The resolution merely says, quote, “Iran is called upon not to undertake such activity.” Some reports say that John Kerry begged Iran not to talkabout the changes.
- The deal allows Iran to go nuclear after ten years. Do you remember when John Kerry insisted the Iran Nuclear deal was a “forever deal?” Kerry lied. Some of the provisions expire after year 10, and the rest of them after year 15. Based on the agreement, by the end of year 15, Iran could have in place a nuclear infrastructure that could produce the significant quantities of weapon-grade needed to create a few nuclear weapons within months.
- The promised sanction “snap-backs” don’t really exist. President Obama gave Europe, China, and Russia a written promise that the US will guarantee their companies who make deals with Iran, would not have to stop working with Iran should sanction need to be re-imposed should Iran get caught violating the P5+1 deal. Plus any snap-back needs to be passed by the UN Security Council where Russia gets a veto.
- According to the framework deal, Iran was supposed to reveal thedetails of their nuclear program. We were told that as part of the agreement Iran would have to “fess up” to the U.N. inspectors about their previous nuclear activity. The reason for this historical inquiry is not to find out whether or not Iran had a nuclear weapon’s program so they could be reprimanded for being bad children. The knowledge is needed to understand what the Iranian nuclear program was before the agreement so IAEA will know how, when, and where to inspect their program in the future. Iran refused to let this happen and eventually, the U.S. stopped asking.