President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran this summer was slammed by critics internationally. The deal was called both illegal and short-sighted – but that hasn’t stopped Obama.
In fact, as one of his last acts as president, Obama is instead doubling-down — and his actions have all-but guaranteed Iran can build nuclear weapons, while simultaneously making it certain that President-elect Donald Trump can’t undo the damage.
After getting busted making a shameful $400 million ransom payment, some predicted that Obama would shy away from further dealings with the hardliner Islamic regime.
Unfortunately, they were wrong — and the world is less safe because of it.
Insiders have revealed that Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia that could be used to make up to 10 nuclear bombs soon — and the whole thing was approved by Obama.
The administration claims the deal is compensation Iran was owed for exporting tons of reactor coolant and will keep Tehran committed to their controversial nuclear pact.
Two senior diplomats close to the deal have revealed that the transfer, recently approved by the Obama administration and five other world powers that negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran, foresees delivery of nearly 130 tons of natural uranium.
Experts warn this uranium can be enriched to make the core of atomic bombs — either now, or decades later.
The diplomats, whose main focus is Iran’s nuclear program, demanded anonymity Monday because they are not allowed to discuss the program’s confidential details.
They spoke ahead of a meeting this week in Vienna of representatives of Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to review Iranian complaints that the U.S. was reneging on sanctions relief pledges included in the nuclear deal.
Could this uranium shipment’s approval simply be another bribe from the Obama administration to keep Iran happy?
Indeed, the natural uranium agreement comes at a sensitive time. With the incoming Trump administration and many U.S. lawmakers already skeptical of how effective the nuclear deal is in keeping Iran’s nuclear program peaceful over the long term, the shipment is further evidence that Tehran is being given too many concessions.
They said Tehran has not said what it would do with the uranium. The country could enrich for bomb materials now, or choose to store it for use later. Or, they could turn it into low-enriched uranium and then export it for use as reactor fuel.
Without confirming the reported agreement, Obama officials argued that such shipments don’t violate the Iran nuclear deal.
Despite present restrictions on its enrichment program, however, the amount of natural uranium is significant should Iran decide to keep it in storage, considering its potential uses once some limits on Tehran’s nuclear activities start to expire in less than a decade.
David Albright, whose Institute of Science and International Security often briefs U.S. lawmakers on Iran’s nuclear program, says the shipment could be enriched to enough weapons-grade uranium for more than 10 simple nuclear bombs, “depending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon.”
The swap is in compensation for the approximately 44 tons of heavy water exported by Iran to Russia since the nuclear agreement went into effect, said an official from one of the six powers, who also demanded anonymity citing confidentiality issues.
Heavy water is used to cool a type of reactor that produces more plutonium than reactors cooled by light water. Like enriched uranium, plutonium can be turned into the fissile core of a nuclear weapon.
The Associated Press contributed to this article