As the Obama administration prepares lifts trade restrictions with Iran, a former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency is warning Iran could be only weeks away from assembling a functioning nuclear bomb.
The news comes on the heels of a landmark deal between Iran and the Obama administration, where Iran promises to suspend its most advanced nuclear enrichment in exchange for a suspension of the current economic sanctions that have been levied against the country.
The White House released a statement early this morning that read:
“As part of the deal, the United States and its P5+1 partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, as well as the European Union — will today follow through on our commitment to begin to provide the modest relief agreed to with Iran,” … “At the same time, we will continue our aggressive enforcement of the sanctions measures that will remain in place throughout this six-month period.”
While the White House insists the partial suspension of U.S. and EU sanctions will curb Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb, others are warning Iran has no intentions to stop it’s program and that it may already be too late. According to Olli Heinonen, former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran is only weeks away from having enough highly enriched uranium to assemble a nuclear weapon – making the Obama administration’s proposal look like a joke.
In fact, Iran has already said that even if they agree to the Obama administration’s proposal, they can easily resume their program in as little as a day. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, said this week that if Iran decides to resume enriching uranium to levels prohibited by the new nuclear deal, it could begin to do so in as little as one day.
He said in an interview that the Daily Beast translated,
“We can return again to 20 percent enrichment in less than one day and we can convert the [nuclear] material again. Therefore the structure of our nuclear program is preserved,”… “Whenever we feel the other side is not following through with its commitments, whenever we feel there are other motives involved, whenever—now, say, under pressure from Congress or something else—they take action against their commitments, say put in place new sanctions, we will immediately revert to the current status quo. And we will again continue our nuclear program in the form that it is today.”
With Iran already admitting the deal will in no way stop their nuclear enrichment program, it’s pretty puzzling why so many of the world’s leader would even agree to the deal. In fact, the Obama administration themselves have admitted the deal might allow Iran to continue their nuclear enrichment program.
So the deal that’s supposed to stop Iran’s nuclear program looks to be nothing more than another political side-show, one that will leave Iran one step closer to developing a nuclear bomb. But hey, at least the administration, and the rest of the world that went along with this deal, can claim victory – even if that victory only last through the weekly news cycle.