See no evil, hear no evil seems to be the watchword of the Obama administration when it comes to Iranian cheating on the president’s pride and joy; the deal that’s supposed to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb.
The Washington Free Beacon has learned that Germany has passed along intelligence to the US government indicating that Iran is still buying nuclear materials that would allow it to build a bomb, as well as illegally obtaining parts that aid in its missile program.
The Obama administration is brushing aside new German intelligence reports indicating that Iran has accelerated its efforts to procure key nuclear materials, despite promises to end this behavior as part of last summer’s nuclear accord, according to comments by a U.S. official provided to theFree Beacon.
Germany’s internal intelligence agency concluded in a recent report that sources have witnessed “extensive Iranian attempts” to procure illicit materials, “especially goods that can be used in the field of nuclear technology,” according to the report. The report appears to show that Iran is not upholding its most critical commitments under the nuclear deal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear this week that the intelligence shows “Iran continued unabated to develop its rocket program in conflict with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council,” particularly one Security Council resolution that bars Iran from pursuing ballistic missile technology.
The intelligence report and subsequent warnings were met with a tepid response from the Obama administration, which declined to comment on the intelligence and told the Free Beacon that it continues to view Iran as complying with the nuclear accord.
The administration’s response stands in sharp contrast to that of leading GOP lawmakers, who told the Free Beacon that the White House is intentionally ignoring Iran’s bad behavior.
“We believe that Iran is continuing to meet its [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] commitments,” a State Department official authorized only to speak on background told the Free Beacon.
When pressed to explain how this comported with Germany’s warnings, the official said the administration “would refer you to German authorities for any comment about reports attributed to them.”
The administration official would not take a stance on indications that Iran’s procurement activity—which has increased nearly twofold since the nuclear deal—could violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which bans such activity.
“As for UNSCR 2231, we have spoken previously about how Iran’s reported missile launches are clearly inconsistent with the resolution,” the source said when asked if the new intelligence shows that Iran’s behavior constitutes a violation of the resolution.
A CIA official declined to comment on Germany’s findings and whether they comport with U.S. intelligence assessments.
Even if the administration called out Iran for violations of the deal, the sanctions wouldn’t “snap back” into place until a lengthy examination took place and a panel that would decide if Iran is cheating voted to cite Tehran. Then, you’d have to get the Security Council – including Russia and China – to agree to reimpose the sanctions that have recently been lifted.
Good luck with that.
In fact, the president lied when he assured Congress and the American people that if Iran was caught cheating, the sanctions would “snap back” into place. No such thing will ever happen. Obama knew it at the time and he certainly knows it now. This is why the administration is ignoring the German intelligence; they couldn’t do anything about it even if they wanted to.