Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently exposed Iran’s lies about their nuclear program. Former President Barack Obama entered the United States into an agreement with Tehran designed to curtail the rogue nation’s nuclear ambitions. However, it appears that Iran was not being truthful about their true intentions regarding nuclear proliferation.
The information revealed by Netanyahu highlights yet another foreign policy failure of the Obama administration. President Trump – who has never been a fan of the Iran deal – has been given information that might put the nuclear agreement between Washington and Tehran in jeopardy.
Netanyahu Presents Israel’s Findings on Iran’s Nuclear Program
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a presentation that unveiled the findings of a covert Mossad mission in which the Israelis captured over 150,000 documents detailing Project Amad – Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
According to the Israeli prime minister, Iran put their nuclear project on hold in 2003, but didn’t let that deter their nuclear ambitions.
“Iran lied, big time, after signing the nuclear deal in 2015,” he said. “Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program. The files prove that.”
Netanyahu stated that the evidence of Iran’s nuclear ambitions has been turned over to the United States. This includes “incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more.”
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo affirmed that the documents obtained by Israel were authentic. He also indicated that the United States had known about the material before. Pompeo did not indicate whether or not the evidence proved that Iran was not complying with the nuclear deal. “I’ll leave that to the lawyers,” he said.
President Trump seems to believe that the recent revelations show that Iran did not enter into the 2015 agreement in good faith. At a recent news conference with the president of Nigeria, he said that this issue is “just not an acceptable situation.” He also stated that the evidence shows that he has been “100% right.”
What Does This Mean for the Iran Deal?
There is a reason that Prime Minister Netanyahu waited until twelve days before the Iran nuclear agreement was to be upheld to give his presentation. While Israel turned copies of the documents over to the United States a few months ago, the rest of the world was not aware of the Mossad’s operation. While European nations and the American left favored the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump and Republicans have criticized the agreement. Dismantling the Iran agreement was one of the promises on which Trump campaigned.
Those who are in favor of the nuclear agreement have indicated that Netanyahu’s presentation did not amount to anything significant.
“There is literally nothing new here,” said Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert. Two U.S. officials also told NBC News that there is no evidence showing that Iran was not complying with the agreement.
However, there is one problem. Before signing the agreement, prominent Iranian officials — including President Rouhani — claimed that Tehran had never pursued a nuclear program. They insisted that they were only trying to harness nuclear energy to power their cities.
The documents obtained by Israel clearly show that Iran was lying. They did not enter into the nuclear agreement in good faith. Indeed, the terms of the agreement only postponed Iran’s nuclear program for 10 years, after which they could’ve continued Project Amad.
So far, it does not appear that Iran has restarted the project. However, these documents indicate that the rogue nation ultimately wants to become a nuclear power. Obama’s nuclear deal did nothing to stop Iran’s ambitions; it only delayed them.
We do not yet know what President Trump will do with the nuclear agreement in light of this new information. However, the president has made it abundantly clear that he does not favor the deal. If he doesn’t pull the United States out of the agreement altogether, it is highly likely that he will push for some dramatic changes.
While Europe isn’t in favor of abandoning the deal, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern nations who see Iran as a threat are in support of either altering it or scrapping it all together. One thing is clear: We cannot allow Iran to get any closer to developing nuclear weapons. Otherwise, we will have situation like the one in North Korea. Hopefully, President Trump will not make the same mistake as his predecessors.