Confirmed: Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons technology for purchase
Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons technology
for purchase according to a German government report.
The second report, released last week by Germany's
domestic intelligence agency, is less ambiguous. The agency, the Federal
Office for the Protection of the Constitution, confirmed to us that Iran continues to seek illicit technology for its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs.
Iran has had a long history of trying to obtain
nuclear technology from German companies, particularly by seeking ways
to transport merchandise in circumvention of international sanctions.
Since November 2013, Tehran has sought industry computers, high-speed
cameras, cable fiber, and pumps for its nuclear and missile program. It
appears that Iran's readiness to negotiate does not reflect any
substantive policy change. Rather, it is a diplomatic tactic retreat
forced by economic distress, not a strategic rethinking of its
All the more reason not
to remove sanctions in reliance on being able to 'snap' them back into place.
Iran's cheating should give Western negotiators
additional resolve to impose ironclad guarantees in the agreement. They
should compel Iran to reveal its past activities, including its
post-JPOA procurement efforts, and impose tough, intrusive, "anytime,
anywhere" inspections before sanctions are suspended, let alone lifted.
I don't believe there is such a thing as 'ironclad guarantees' in this situation.
Instead, the lack of reporting to the U.N. despite
evidence of cheating suggests a lack of resolve on the part of Western
nations, and their willingness to downplay all but the most egregious
violations. This does not bode well for the future. If Western powers
are reluctant to penalize Iran for trying to evade sanctions because
they’re afraid of spoiling the negotiations, what will happen in the
future when Western powers have even more invested in preserving an
What could go wrong?
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