Skip to comments.The Iran Scam Continues
Posted on 01/24/2014 9:06:19 AM PST by DanMiller
Neither the November 24th P5+1 "deal" nor the White House summary of the subsequent agreement to continue the process deals effectively with Iran's efforts to have nuclear weapons.
NOTE: I tried to address much of what follows when writing earlier about the Iran Scam and have difficulty understanding why there is very little public or even official interest in the problems the deal raises. Please let me to elaborate here a bit more on why the P5+1 "deal" is a scam, why it matters and to offer some hypotheses about the lack of interest.
The text of the English language version of the P5+1 "deal" is available here and the text of the January 16th White House summary of the recent agreement to go forward by reducing sanctions and beginning inspections of some (but not all) Iranian nuclear facilities is available here. I posted articles about the November 24th "deal" here and here and the White House summary here. The first two minutes and eleven seconds of the video embedded below provide a concise summary of what has been happening.
An article by Elliot Abrams re-published at Israel Hayom questions whether, in view of the current disagreements between Iran and the United States about what the "deal" means, there is really a deal. I am concerned that there is a "deal" but that it has little to do with Iran's continued development of nuclear weaponry.
There has been substantial albeit unilluminating media praise -- particularly outside of Israel -- for the "deal." However, with rare exceptions U.S. and European media have provided little coverage of the omissions of both the P5+1 "deal" and the January 16th White House summary to deal effectively with Iran's aggression oriented nuclear facilities and efforts -- her Parchin military facility, development of nuclear warheads and missiles with which to deliver them.
On November 25th, Israel National News posted an article titled Key Omission: Parchin not Mentioned in Iran Deal. As observed there,
It is suspected that nuclear weapons research is being conducted at the Parchin site, particularly as satellite imagery from August provided evidence of ongoing construction and testing being carried out in secret at the base. [Emphasis added.]
The satellite evidence showed major alterations at the site which the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) says were meant to hide possible tests of conventional triggers for a nuclear explosion. [Emphasis added.]
The evidence followed satellite images from August 2012 showing cleanup activities at the base, as well as images showing suspicious activities at a building suspected of housing nuclear blast experiments. [Emphasis added.]
Furthermore, the IAEA has not been allowed in to inspect Parchin since 2005 despite calls by Yukiyo Amano, head of IAEA, to allow inspections.
Power Line provides an overview here. One part of it is reprinted below:
Iran is alleged by the IAEA, the United States, and at least three European governments to have had a well-structured nuclear weapons program aimed at building a warhead small enough to fit on the Shahab 3 ballistic missile. The agreement does not even warrant that Iran has no other dual-use or enrichment or nuclear facilities. Why? [Emphasis added.]
It is reasonable to assume that such activities continue at Parchin (and perhaps at other unmentioned sites) and that Parchin may in addition have become a venue for some of Iran's newest and most productive centrifuges.
Uranium enrichment well beyond twenty percent will likely begin (or continue) at Parchin -- despite or perhaps because of -- inspections of the Iranian enrichment sites mentioned in the "deal."
By analogy if, based on substantial credible evidence someone is reasonably suspected of having stolen a horse, that suspicion cannot be assuaged, at least rationally, without inspecting his pastures and his stables. Even if (unlike Iran) the suspect is not a notorious liar, his mere assertions that he did not steal the horse cannot be taken as the truth and alone overcome credible evidence that he did. The P5+1 negotiating team has, or should have, more than reasonable suspicions about Iran's efforts to get "the bomb;" yet by ignoring Parchin, that is what the team seems to have agreed to do.
According to a November 27th article at The Jerusalem Post titled Irans nuclear warhead design survives new international deal reached in Geneva,
Despite Tehrans protestations that it has no intention of ever creating a nuclear weapon, Iran, in fact, has been developing a warhead for some 15 years. That design is now near perfect. [Emphasis added.]
Compare Irans nuclear weapons program to the use of gunpowder. One stuffs gunpowder into a bullet, loads it into a rifle, and then finds a marksman who can hit the target. Iran has nearly mastered all those steps but in nuclear terms. Four technological achievements are key to completing Tehrans nuclear weapon: 1) accretion of enough nuclear materials, highly enriched to weapons grade that is, about 90 percent; 2) machining that material into metal to create a spheroid warhead small enough to fit into a missile nosecone, where it will be detonated; 3) developing a trigger mechanism to initiate the atomic explosion at the precise moment of missile reentry; and, of course, 4) obtaining a reliable rocket delivery system to carry such a weapon.
Start with the nuclear material. Experts estimate that a single bomb would require approximately 25 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, or HEU, that has been boosted to concentrations of at least 90 percent. Much of Irans nuclear enrichment remains at 3.5% and 20% levels. But the numbers are deceiving. Enriching uranium to 3.5% is 75% of the distance needed to reach weapons grade. Once Iran has reached 20%, it has gone 90% of the distance.
Today, Iran possesses enough nuclear material for a fast breakout that would finish the job in about six weeks, creating enough material for five or 10 bombs. The current international deal leaves large stockpiles of 3.5% material and the centrifugal ability to quickly enhance to the next level of 20%, which again, is 90% of the distance needed.
The quoted article was written almost two months ago. Enrichment apparently continued at least until January 20th at Iranian sites within the "comprehensive" November 24th "deal." We may eventually know how much highly enriched Uranium Iran has or had at those sites. However, we do not know how much highly enriched Uranium Iran now has at such excluded facilities as Parchin. Moreover, enrichment to and beyond 20% may well continue there while the "deal" continues to be implemented and sanctions on Iran diminish. The intent of the P5+1 negotiators seems to have been to trust but not to verify also with respect to this aspect of Iran's most important efforts to get nukes. Why?
Continuing with the linked article,
Second, that HEU must then be metalized and shaped into a dense spheroid compact enough to fit into a missile nosecone. Iran has mastered the nuclear metallurgy, testing the process by using other high-density metals, such as tungsten. Tungsten objects have been detonated in a special underground chamber to measure its analogous explosive character. [Emphasis added.]
Third, the spheroid must be detonated. Irans warhead design employs a R265 shock generator hemisphere drilled with 5mm boreholes filled with the volatile explosive PETN. When triggered with precision, the PETN array can cause a massive synchronized implosion. This will fire an internal exploding bridgewire that will, in turn, actuate an embedded neutron initiator to finally detonate the atomic reaction and the mushroom cloud. This sequence of devices has already been assembled and tested by Iran. It possesses more than 500 exploding bridgewires on hand, adding more each day. [Emphasis added.]
The article appears to be consistent with the November 25th article linked and quoted above about Iranian efforts at Parchin to "hide possible tests of conventional triggers for a nuclear explosion" and "images showing suspicious activities at a building suspected of housing nuclear blast experiments." If it is even partially correct as to Iran's research on nuclear warheads, to assume without investigation that her efforts have been and are for purely "peaceful" purposes, or simply to ignore them, makes no sense. However, that appears to be what the P5+1 negotiators have done. Why?
Iranian Missile development with North Korean help
On November 20, 2012, Iran and North Korea
announced expansion of bilateral ties . . . after reaching a scientific and technological cooperation agreement which, according to Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, has brought the two countries with "common enemies" closer.
Iranian state media said the nations will cooperate in research, human resources exchange and joint laboratories and in the fields of information technology, energy, biotechnology, engineering, agriculture and food technology.
. . . .
Khamenei met with Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state, who was in Tehran for the Non-Aligned Movement summit held this week.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran and North Korea have common enemies, because the arrogant powers do not accept independent states," Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian media.
Kim said that the expansion of ties with Iran was among the strategic policies of his country. Addressing the summit, the DPRK leader criticized the recent joint military exercise of the U.S. and South Korea in the Korean Peninsula, saying the exercise pushes the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war.
. . . .
In the past North Korea has come under fire for providing Iran with advanced missiles, based on Russian designs, that are much more powerful than anything Washington has publicly conceded that Tehran has in its arsenal. [Emphasis added.]
Iran obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, according to Secret American intelligence assessments cable dated Feb. 24, 2010, the New York Times reported in November 2010.
The missiles could, for the first time, give Iran the capacity to strike capitals in Western Europe or easily reach Moscow, the report said, citing data obtained by WikiLeaks. The North Korean version of the advanced missile, known as the BM-25, could carry a nuclear warhead, the report said.
In December 2010, it was reported that a team of Iranian nuclear scientists has been sent to North Korea and that the two governments have agreed on a joint nuclear test in North Korea with a substantial financial reward to Pyongyang. [Emphasis added.]
With the reduction and eventual elimination of sanctions on Iran, she will have substantially more financial ability to reward North Korea. North Korea, herself under severe sanctions, needs the money.
According to a November 27, 2013 article at The Washington Free Beacon,
Intelligence reports indicated that as recently as late October Iranian technicians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), a defense organization that builds liquid-fueled missiles, were in Pyongyang collaborating on the booster development.
SHIG has been sanctioned in the past by both the U.S. government and the United Nations for illicit missile transfers.
U.S. officials said the new booster could be used on both a space launcher and a long-range missile. Iran and North Korea are believed by U.S. intelligence agencies to be using their space programs to mask long-range missile development. [Emphasis added.]
Officials said the covert missile cooperation indicates the Iranians are continuing to build long-range strategic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear warheads at the same time they are negotiating limits on illicit uranium enrichment. [Emphasis added.]
Intelligence assessments have said that both countries could test a missile capable of reaching the United States with a nuclear warhead within the next two years.
Henry Sokolski, head of the private Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, said he agrees with U.S. special envoy on North Korea Glyn Davies that more pressure should be applied on North Korea to give up its nuclear arms.
As Glyn Davies put it, if the North Koreans dont demonstrate that they understand they must fulfill their obligations, then more sanctions pressure will be brought to bear on them, he said.
He was speaking of the North Koreans but whats good for the goose should also be good for the ganderin this case, Iran, Sokolski said.
John Bolton, undersecretary of state for international security during the George W. Bush administration, said the main purpose of Iranian and North Korean ballistic missile program and their longstanding cooperation has always been to serve as the delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons. [Emphasis added.]
Sophisticated Iranian missile development continues apace.
Iran tests new medium-range missile
A top Iranian military leader announced late Tuesday [November 27, 2013] that Iran has developed indigenous ballistic missile technology, which could eventually allow it to fire a nuclear payload over great distances. [Bracketed insert and emphasis added.]
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), made the critical weapons announcement just days after Iran and the West signed a deal aimed at curbing the countrys nuclear activities. [Emphasis added.]
Salami claimed that Iran is among the only three world countries enjoying an indigenous ballistic missile technology, according to the state-run Fars News Agency.
Again, by ignoring Iranian development, construction and testing of ballistic missiles, the P5+1 negotiating team appears to assume with no evident basis -- particularly in the context of Iran's nuclear warhead development -- that Iran does not intend to use her missiles to deliver atomic bombs. Why?
Why do the November 24th "deal" and the January 16th White House Summary mention none of these matters?
It is easy to understand why the January 16th summary does not mention them: they are not pertinent to the November 24th "deal," which does not mention them either. The failure of the November 24th "deal" to mention them is more difficult to understand.
There is no apparent basis for concluding that the P5+1 negotiators and their helpers were blissfully unaware of Parchin or of Iran's warhead and missile development. A suggestion of willing indifference might be more credible. But why would the P5+1 negotiators be indifferent? The preface to the English language text of the November 24th deal states,
The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein. This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the programme. This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. This comprehensive solution would involve a reciprocal, step-by- step process, and would produce the comprehensive lifting of all UN Security Council sanctions, as well as multilateral and national sanctions related to Iran's nuclear programme. [Emphasis added.]
The preface is facially comforting, particularly if read with casual indifference and in isolation. It is, and perhaps is intended to be, falsely comforting. Has the unverified (and under the "deal" unverifiable) promise of Iran that she will never under any circumstances ever seek or develop nuclear weapons been accepted at face value? With no inspections permitted at Parchin, other (undisclosed) facilities for missile and warhead development and testing as well as for Uranium enrichment? If so, what's the point of the inspections that Iran has agreed to allow and which the P5+1 negotiators accepted? Why not simply accept Iran's representations and promises, eliminate all sanctions and let her continue to do as she pleases? Indeed, why did the P5+1 representatives even bother to negotiate a deal? Did they do so based on (a previously agreed upon?) conclusion that sanctions would have to be lifted so that their own countries as well as Iran could benefit economically?
A related basis might be that with President Obama beset by domestic political difficulties at home due in part to the economy, and with much of Europe also experiencing dire financial problems, a need was perceived to do something in the realm of foreign policy that might ameliorate domestic problems, at least temporarily. Striking a deal with Iran would, indeed, be something. If that was the perception of President Obama et al, perhaps they misoverestimated their abilities.
If the promise never ever to seek or develop nuclear weapons was not accepted at face value, might it be because it does not matter? Perhaps it was assumed that Iran already has sufficient nukes, does not need more and therefore won't bother to construct more. One nuke could achieve Iran's long held and often stated goal of eliminating Israel. Even with only one remaining nuke, she would be recognized as a full-fledged nuclear power in the Middle East; perhaps that's all she needs or wants.
A congruent explanation might be that containment would be more convenient for the Western powers than prevention; that might even might work for the United States and Europe. The threat of mutually assured destruction worked in the past, so why shouldn't it work with Iran --particularly after she had obliterated the only reasonably free and democratic nation in the region and could thereafter coexist with the at least marginally more congenial Islamic states there?
An easier answer might be that the P5+1 representatives recognized that the "legitimate media" in the United States and elsewhere important to them have little interest in foreign policy matters that do not directly, adversely and immediately affect their audiences; to the extent that there is public (and therefore media) interest, it diminishes rapidly and then vanishes.
To the extent that the media are interested, they generally prefer good news to bad; good news "sells." As noted in an article at Commentary Magazine titled Why the West Buys Irans PR Campaign,
People like [Jon] Stewart and others who are buying Rouhanis act arent doing so because they love Iran or even because they despise Israel and enjoy its discomfort at the prospect of a deadly enemy being embraced and empowered by the West, though some obviously do like that aspect. What they really like about Irans decision to create a new façade of cordiality to the Westone that seems to them to be a repudiation of Rouhanis repulsive predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejadis that it allows them to pretend that there is nothing to worry about. Rouhani allows them to live in denial as Ahmadinejad did not. As long as an open villain like Ahmadinejad was the front man for the regime, it was hard to ignore the truth about Irans bid for regional hegemony or its desire to annihilate Israel. But with Rouhani they can, like the Obama administration itself, treat the Middle East as a former problem from which they may now withdraw in comfort. [Bracketed insert and Emphasis added.]
We know Rouhanis charm offensive is effective because its accomplished what every good public-relations campaign aims to do: tell people what they want to hear and persuade them its the truth even when its a lie. Under the circumstances, its hardly surprising that those who are willing and able to see realitylike the Israelis and those Americans who share their legitimate concerns about the direction of American foreign policyare going to be subjected to continued mockery and abuse. [Emphasis added.]
The easiest answer might that a bunch of less than fully competent P5+1 repersentatives -- facing hardly any immediate danger to their own nations and with little interest in the security of Israel -- were outwitted by descendants of Persian rug merchants. That seems at least partially consistent with the principle of Occam's Razor.
It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
The application of the principle often shifts the burden of proof in a discussion.[a] The razor states that one should proceed to simpler theories until simplicity can be traded for greater explanatory power. The simplest available theory need not be most accurate. Philosophers also point out that the exact meaning of simplest may be nuanced.[b]
Robert Frost once wrote this short poem:
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Does even The Secret know what happened with the P5+1 negotiations and why? If The Secret knows and we eventually learn, will it be too late?
It could be accomplished either by a high level nuclear explosion or by the use of drones with non-nuclear EMP generators deployed selectively over Iranian nuke sites. Israel has not acknowledged publicly that she has that capability but neither has she acknowledged having "the Bomb." She seems quite reticent about such matters, with good reason.
There would be no (immediate) fatalities for Europe and the U.S. to complain about and, despite the likely expressions of dismay that wicked Israel did something, the lucrative prospects of helping Iran to rebuild her non-nuke facilities would probably be welcomed.
A better approach is to increase enforcement of sanctions. Sanctions are in effect a siege.
Bombing will only anger the Iranian people against Israel and the West. But severe sanctions can lead to starvation, why? And how does starvation play out?
1. Starvation is a local thing. It turns people into savages. People that were once thought educated and trustworthy will under conditions of starvation kill for your water, your loaf of bread, your egg from your chicken etc.
2. People under such conditions will demand security but there will be none because the ruling powers will also be under siege and will take sides at whim and rob people of their sustenance; soldiers and police have to eat.
3. People will seek weapons and bullets and guard them more than gold which will be worth nothing in a survival mode. Sarajevo like conditions will ensue; every person for themselves.
4. Civil way will break out and the Mullahs will come tumbing down.
The take away on this is that it will be THE IRANIAN PEOPLE that make the revolution WITHOUT EXTERNAL HOT ACTION which only angers the people on the ground and gives the insane Mullahs a ‘raison d’etre’.
The reason that the current sanctions are not working is the lack of severe enforcement. China buys Iranian oil. Iranian National Oil Company operates under many fronts that North Korea, China and others engage, allowing Iran to evade sanctions.
In other words the current sanctions siege is leaky.
The current sanctions have slowed things down but Iran marches on towards getting the bomb.
And it is a 100% certainty that when Iran gets the bomb, their sponsored terrorist groups will get it and will use it.
Actually...its follow the money. Why were there “secret” talks with Iran? What was to be kept secret? My answer is this is all a scam on the Iranians (and us) to free up their frozen assets. Obamba basically told them give him a big cut of the proceeds and they’ll get the rest back and keep their nukes. That’s all this was. The whole Euro deal was probably contrived by big payoffs to the Eurotwits to play along! After Obamba gets the cash he’ll play along until he’s out of office.
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