U.S. policy on Iran should push for democracy along with the nuclear treaty, says former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
The July 14 nuclear deal reached between the regime in Iran and major world powers has yet to be implemented, but a conglomerate controlled by the mullahs' Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei stands to benefit financially.
"Khamenei has yet to publicly back the accord, which lifts some sanctions on Iran in return for limits on its nuclear program. But he does stand to benefit, thanks to his close control of one of the most powerful and secretive organizations in Iran -- 'Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam,' or Setad," Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The Iran nuclear deal is silent on an issue that the CIA and proliferation experts are concerned about: that Tehran may outsource parts of its nuclear and missiles program to the secretive regime in North Korea, which on Tuesday committed itself to producing more fuel for nuclear bombs, The Washington Times reported on Wednesday.
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged Tuesday his agency is monitoring whether the regime in Iran may try to assist its clandestine nuclear program with help from another rogue state such as North Korea, or by colluding with Pyongyang toward the secret purchase and transfer of nuclear weapons for Tehran.
United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, Reuters reported on Friday.
The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between the regime in Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place, Reuters wrote.
The head of the United Nations' nuclear test ban treaty organization says the regime in Iran should follow up on its nuclear deal with world powers by ratifying the treaty and assuring it will never conduct a nuclear test explosion.
Lassina Zerbo said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that if Iran doesn't ratify the treaty, "it will leave room for the doubt that people have put in this deal and the good intentions of Iran."
Zerbo said Iran should have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, known as the CTBT, before negotiations started on the deal to rein in its nuclear program.
Iran's regime has a well-deserved reputation as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, against its own people at home and throughout the region, Ambassador Mitchell B. Reiss, a former U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning said on Thursday.
"The sixty-day countdown clock is winding down as Congress prepares to vote on the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Serious questions remain about compliance, verification, and the ability of the United States and the international community to re-impose sanctions should Iran be caught cheating," Amb. Reiss wrote in TheHill.com.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday it had sent questions to the regime in Iran over "ambiguities" in its submissions as the agency assesses whether Tehran's past activities were entirely peaceful, an assessment crucial to a diplomatic pact with Tehran.
Under a roadmap agreement between the regime in Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reached alongside a July 14 deal between Tehran and six world powers, the agency must assess by the end of the year whether past work carried out by the Iranian regime was aimed at producing nuclear weapons.
It will take a lot of work to determine by the end of the year whether the regime in Iran was previously developing nuclear weapons, the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
Alongside the July 14 political agreement with six world powers world powers, the regime in Iran reached a roadmap accord with the International Atomic Energy Agency which requires Tehran to pass on enough information about its past nuclear program to allow the U.N. body to report on the issue by December.
U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and one of the most prominent Jewish members of Congress, said on Friday that he would oppose President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, The New York Times wrote on Friday.
Sen. Cardin’s closely watched decision did not jeopardize the implementation of the nuclear accord, but it did raise the likelihood that the U.S. president would have to veto a resolution disapproving it this month — a diplomatic embarrassment the White House is hoping to avoid.
Interview with former Iranian political prisoner Mostafa Naderi