July 14, 2015 | Quote

Reports: West Ignoring Iran’s Ongoing Nuclear Violations

While negotiations are ongoing between Iran and Western powers for a nuclear agreement, Tehran continues to “illicitly and clandestinely” procure nuclear weapons while the Obama administration and other nations look away because they don't want to risk foiling a deal, according to a Weekly Standard blog post penned by two fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

In fact, according to Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow there, Tehran has been trying to acquire industry computers, high-speed cameras, cable fiber, and pumps for its nuclear and missile program since the 2013 Joint Plan of Action.

“It appears that Iran's readiness to negotiate does not reflect any substantive policy change,” the men write. “Rather, it is a diplomatic tactic retreat forced by economic distress, not a strategic rethinking of its priorities.”


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