Just when it seemed the Obama administration’s deal with Iran couldn’t get worse comes news that the agreement includes training the Islamic regime to thwart attacks on its nuclear facilities from countries like U.S. ally Israel.
Text of the agreement, provided to the media by both the Russian and Iranian governments, states that European nations, and possibly the U.S., agreed to “cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
This will include “training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems,” according to the text.
Additional “training and workshops” would work to “strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems,” the text states.
The language was viewed as disturbing by analysts and experts who said such cooperation could help protect Iran against efforts by the Israelis or other countries to sabotage the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in the future.
“The United States and its partners have just become the international protectors of the Iranian nuclear program. Instead of rolling back the Iranian nuclear program, we’re now legally obligated to help the Iranians build it up and protect it,” said one Western source present in Vienna and who is apprised of the details of the deal.
In addition to teaching Iran how to protect its nuclear infrastructure, world powers pledge in the agreement to help Iran construct next-generation centrifuges—the machines that enrich uranium—at its once-secret nuclear site in Fordow, where Iran has been suspected of housing a weapons program.
Fordow is an underground and fortified military site that is largely immune from air strikes by those seeking to eradicate Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
While Iran will not be permitted to enrich nuclear material with these centrifuges, the know-how gained from operating these advanced centrifuges could help it advance clandestine nuclear weapons work, experts say.
The Obama administration had once vowed that Iran would have to fully dismantle its centrifuge program. However, this demand was walked back as the Iranians demanded greater concessions over the past months.
The Twitterverse mocked the administration for the agreement to defend an adversary against an ally.
— soxfan4life (@hasherhater) July 15, 2015
— Euphonius Bugnuts (@EuphoniusNuts) July 15, 2015
— occupycorruptDC (@occupycorruptDC) July 15, 2015
— ArchitectGuy (@architectguy) July 15, 2015
U.S. Will Teach Iran to Thwart Nuke Threats, Does the name Benedict Hussein Arnold ring a bell! http://t.co/oiZiRqBmG1
— Enubus (@Enubus) July 15, 2015
SO…we’re going to teach Iran how to protect their nuclear assets. …so they can bomb ISRAEL AND US… Great Plan. https://t.co/Ur8Qu04ibG
— Cookie (@YMcglaun) July 15, 2015
If this is an elaborate smokescreen to ultimately double-cross Iran by pretending to do as they wish, it’s working. https://t.co/euP4I5R4wP
— Sticky Fingers (@AnthonyBialy) July 15, 2015
It gets even better for them! U.S. Will Teach Iran to Thwart Nuke Threats http://t.co/WLXAaS0HDj
— Rocky Top Freedom (@rockytopfreedom) July 14, 2015
U.S. Will Teach Iran to Thwart Nuke Threats http://t.co/Gt6ewJ6Gsh Please God help us all.
— M.Gagnon (@Margag_) July 14, 2015
— Chris Angelini (@ConserValidity) July 14, 2015
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