The Iranian Threat & Obama’s Deception

rouhani_1024x748President Obama misled the American people in his January 28th State of the Union address regarding what Iran is required to do under the six-month interim nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 nations – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China) plus Germany. Obama made the following patently false claim about the implementation of the interim agreement: “As we gather here tonight, Iran has begun to eliminate its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium.”

Iran has not eliminated anything. It has merely begun to temporarily convert part of its enriched uranium stockpile from a 20 percent enrichment level to a 5 percent enrichment level or below, and to covert the remainder of its 20 percent enriched uranium to oxide. These actions can be reversed by Iran at any time.

“We can return again to 20 percent [uranium] enrichment in less than one day and we can convert the [nuclear] material again,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Iranian television earlier this month. We are still waiting for an Obama administration nuclear expert to credibly refute this claim.

Iran is able to return its nuclear material back to the 20 percent enrichment level in part because the Obama administration and its fellow P5+1 negotiators caved in to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to hold on to its 5 percent enriched stockpile. Iran was not required to either render its lower enriched uranium completely unusable or to ship it out of the country as Syria is doing with its chemical weapons material.

Now Obama has asked for more time to try and negotiate a final comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. Give diplomacy a chance to succeed, he said, while warning Congress that he would veto any new sanctions bill that “threatens to derail” his diplomatic outreach to the Iranian regime, including presumably the bipartisan sanctions legislation under consideration in both chambers.

President Obama also set out to deceive the American people in trying to bolster his case for more time-wasting negotiations. He falsely claimed that diplomacy, backed by pressure, has “halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program—and rolled parts of that program back—for the very first time in a decade.” The truth is that aside from the reversible conversion of its highly enriched uranium and a few other minor concessions, Iran is still able to plow full steam ahead with its nuclear arms program on multiple fronts.

Iran is not required to dismantle a single one of its more than 19,000 installed centrifuges. All it is required to do is to disconnect the centrifuge links (the tandem cascades) used to enable 20 percent enrichment. According to Olli Heinonen, former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran can re-connect the centrifuge links to enable resumption of 20 percent enrichment “in one day’s time.” Furthermore, he warned that Iran has the technical capability to put the requisite number of linked centrifuges into operation, after which “it would take about two, three weeks to have enough uranium hexafluoride high-enriched for one single weapon.”

If that were not bad enough, the interim agreement permits Iran to continue its research and development of even more technologically advanced centrifuges, which would be far faster than previous models.

Iran has another route to production of a nuclear bomb – its heavy water production plant in Arak, which is designed to supply a heavy water reactor under construction nearby that could be used to produce plutonium for a nuclear bomb. Iran has agreed to suspend further construction at the site and not to produce or transfer fuel or heavy water to activate the reactor. However, there does not appear to be anything in the interim agreement that would require Iran to stop the building of components for future installation in its heavy water facilities in Arak, much less dismantle what is already there.

The interim agreement also leaves completely untouched Iran’s Parchin military research facility where clandestine nuclear weapon-related activities may have gone on in the past, involving development and testing of a nuclear explosives device. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is being allowed to broaden its inspections of certain facilities agreed to by Iran such as its Fordow and Natanz uranium enrichment facilities and the Arak facilities, is still barred from gaining access to the Parchin military research facility.

In other words, Iran is free to complete the development of the technology necessary for successfully triggering a nuclear device, while also free to move ahead with the construction of all the components necessary for heavy water plant facilities useful for producing plutonium for a nuclear bomb. Iran is also free to continue its long-range ballistic missile testing to enable it to develop the full technological capacity to build a nuclear weapons delivery system that could threaten the United States and its allies. President Obama’s statement to the American people that his administration’s diplomacy has “halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program—and rolled parts of that program back” is deceptive.

President Obama did admit in his speech the obvious point that negotiations with Iran to complete a final comprehensive agreement “may not succeed.” However, he failed to level with the American people as to why the negotiations will be so difficult. Instead, he insisted that “we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.” Aside from more than a decade of getting nowhere with negotiations while giving Iran more time to reach its goal of achieving a nuclear arms capability, there are likely insurmountable obstacles to reaching a final agreement unless the Obama administration decides to cave and revert to a nuclear containment policy.

The Institute of Science and International Security set forth its recommendations for the minimum conditions it deems necessary to achieve a workable final agreement with suitable verification, in order to have confidence that Iran’s atomic program will be beyond use for weaponization. This would include the dismantling of thousands of centrifuges. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made it abundantly clear that Iran will “not under any circumstances” agree to dismantle any of its centrifuges. Why isn’t President Obama just as clear in publicly declaring what the United States will require in order to ease any more existing sanctions and desist from imposing even more onerous sanctions?

Although Obama indicated that, if the negotiations fail, “he will be the first to call for more sanctions, and stand ready to exercise all options to make sure Iran does not build a nuclear weapon,” we have heard such “red lines” in the past that soon faded away.

The president missed an opportunity to explain truthfully to the American people what is at stake for the United States’ own national security interests if Iran is allowed to succeed in obtaining a nuclear bomb. Instead, he chose to lull the American people into a false sense of security.

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  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    Obama’s deception is even more serious on the magnitude of the threat if Iran were permitted to get the bomb. May I suggest the Kerry Quiz, Questions 3 and 5:

    What is the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah?
    What do Twelver Shi’a belonging to the Hujetieh
    group believe in?

  • MacMac1000

    It really is a shame that so many Americans are myopically concerned ONLY with Dear Leader’s assault on this country. He is hell-bent on bringing forth the apocalypse, Armageddon, the Mahdi, the Antichrist, Satan himself. For all we know, he is all those characters and events wrapped up in one harmless little “Progressive” Time to flush the DC toilet.


    DEATH to fascist iran!

    HANG the ayatollahs!


    • Notalibfool

      “HANG the ayatollahs!”

      A perfect end for Khamenei and Rafsanjani..

    • alericKong

      It would be good to either have other enemies kill them, like Russia, China, Pakistan, Sunnis,

      or start having them kill each other, like political bodyguards versus IRG,

      or, my favorite, make it look like they screwed up and blew up or poisoned themselves.

      • defcon 4

        Russia is whose enemy? I trust Putin more than the present liar in the United States presidential palace.

  • USARetired

    I believe he is setting up the greatest tragedy this nation has ever encountered on American soil, in order to maximize his ‘never pass up an opportunity,,,,,,,,,,’ agenda!

    • Notalibfool

      He is probably hoping that this “opportunity” would enable the further dismantling of our constitution for his personal benefit.

      Given his ego could you imagine him leaving office in 2016 peacefully?

    • kikorikid

      Good, safer thinking.

  • Hass

    This lying POS would have to be the most gutless POTUS in history.

    • kikorikid

      “Gutless” ?, in what respect?

      • helensatmary

        Obama belongs to the muslim brotherhood…..does that tell you anything.!

  • Myrtle Linder

    A small percentage of us knew from the beginning, that he was fake, that he was walking and talking deception. He never led us anywhere. I hate lying, I hate deceit, I hate the denial of CHRIST JESUS THE SON OF GOD, OBAMA IS ALL THREE.


  • Change Iran Now

    This bogus deal the Obama regime made with Iran
    basically guarantees Iran will get nuclear weapons. Any other gibberish
    coming from the Obama White House is just a bunch of noise.

  • truebearing

    Obama’s treachery is endless. Not only the United States, but the entire world will end up paying a terrible price because Americans became lazy, uneducated, self-indulgent, stupid, and immoral. There has never been another period in this country’s history where Obama could have won the presidency, but now he has, twice, and the fault lies squarely on the fools in this country who voted for him without researching who he was and is.

  • watsa46

    Did he cave in or did he make a promise to the Iranians to allow them to keep their program just “frozen” and reversible at any time? Perhaps He wants at any cost to the rest of the world, to empower the Muslims.

    • helensatmary

      You have got that right!

  • rjent1

    Nagotation is when both sides put something on the table for negotiation. We put up $5 billion and gave Iran basically A blessing that they are or soon will play A new get a power. Iran meanwhile puts nothing on the table and Obama and his academics call this negotiating. Here’s my idea of negotiating we put on the table something they want, like the loosening of a winning strategy called sanctions. If I were president I ran would have to put up the complete distraction of there centrifuge capability I would however give them choices they can fill out the facility with concrete and leave it stand there as a reminder of what should not be done or I would have each one of those centrifuges destroyed individually before any negotiations took place. That should be is the beginning of sitting down to negotiate. Don’t expect anything like this to happen from an administration that has proven it does not have the capability to think things through let alone to take the position of strength, believe it or not we are still in that position. That’s what I would do, but I am pro-America.

  • rjent1

    I’m trying out a voice recognition program, please bare with me as I learn this program

  • Walter Sieruk

    Part of the above title reads “Obama’s deception” With that stated is is interesting that in at lecture in the August 2010 at a lecture about Islam. One of the speakers was in times past a Muslim who is not a Christian. Was asked ,during the question and answer part. “Is Obama a Muslim ?” The speaker answered “I don’t know if he is a Muslim but his deception is Islamic.” Furthermore of Obama the speaker also stated the “He is going to hurt this country.”

    • helensatmary

      Why do you think Obama supports abortion clinics….it is a short step before killing adults. He has started with babies as Islam want the riddance of all christians, Obama can get away with this as America has been taught that abortion is okay…. It is NOT!…so now Obama says everyone has to pay for abortion through taxes….once he has become a legitimate dictator it will not just be babies murdered it will be anyone he desires to be murdered. He is a monster of the worst kind.

  • dougjmiller

    What an easy job Obama has. He spins pathological yarns and all the mainstream media does is applaud and amplify. When the Ayatollah’s nukes start incinerating populations, the press will say it was just a misunderstanding.

  • Afshin Jam Afshin

    As long as IRI is engaged with killing, torturing and looting Iranians and Iranian assets, there is no room for their hooligans disguised as diplomats in Canada. Rouhani may present himself as a moderate, and he is not ( look at execution since he took over which is almost twice than his predecessor for the same period ) but the regime and their constitution and doctrine is the same as it was started 35 years ago. IRI is not representative of Iranian people.

  • helensatmary

    Well said!!!

  • watsa46

    Perhaps the Pr. is trying to give the Mullahs every possible chance to be reasonable!