Iran violating U.S. deal with secret nukes research, opposition group says
Iran is cheating on its historical deal with the U.S. by secretly conducting research into nuclear weapons components such as bomb triggers and enriched uranium, the main Iranian opposition group said Friday. Rowan Scarborough wrote in ‘The Washington Times’ on April 21, 2017.
NCRI - In a press conference in Washington, DC on Friday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran revealed that the “nerve center” of the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons project, responsible for designing a nuclear bomb, has been continuing its work.
The engineering unit for the regime’s nuclear weapons program is called the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research known by its Persian acronym SPND.
McCaul Statement on Review of Iran Deal by Trump Administration
Apr 19, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) - a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee - released the below statement following the administration’s decision to launch an interagency review on the Iran nuclear deal.
Washington, DC, April 19 – Through information received from the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) network within Iran, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has obtained critical and reliable intelligence on the latest status of the Iranian regime’s nuclear bomb-making apparatus.
The following is an excerpt of an article titled: “Dismantling sanctions emboldens Iran, Trump can forge a new policy” which appeared on ‘The Hill’ on April 11, 2017.edition.
U.S. President Donald Trump, with the apparent support of the Republican Senate, appears poised to unveil new targeted sanctions on Iran in the coming days. While the details of the sanctions are unclear, the administration’s acknowledgment and willingness to act strongly against Iran is a turning point for the Middle East.
State Dept.: Sanctions Alone Not Enough to Stop Iran’s Missile Program
Sanctions on Iran are not enough to stop the country's illicit ballistic missile program, according to senior State Department officials, who said on Thursday that a new package of sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic would not halt the country's missile development.Wrote Adam Kredo in ‘The Washington Free Beacon’ on March 30, 2017 and the article continues as follows:
Think the United States has weak sanctions on Iran? Think again.
U.S. persons remain prohibited from doing business in or with Iran despite implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA negotiations involved China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, the European Union, and Iran. They were completed in 2015. Under the JCPOA, the United States withdrew some of its nuclear-related secondary sanctions in exchange for Iran's compliance. However, the primary prohibitions and restrictions of the Iran sanctions program that affect U.S. persons and entities remain in place today. Wrote Doreen Edelman, in ‘The Hill’ on March 25, 2017 and the article continues as follows:
The Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015 with major world powers requires Iran to adhere to limits regarding its stock of heavy water. The excess must be shipped abroad.
However, Iran is challenging the obligation to ship out any stock that exceeds the 130-tonne limit. This has raised concerns that there will be a confrontation with the Trump administration because the Islamic Republic is fast approaching the limit.
A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday that they support additional sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile tests, amid reports that the Trump administration will roll out financial penalties. ‘THE Hill’ reported on February 2. The following is the full text.
Twenty-two senators sent a letter — spearheaded by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) — arguing that Iran "must feel sufficient pressure."