Jul 8, 2016

Surprise! Iran is Breaking the Nuclear Deal

Call me unsurprised, but Iran is breaking the nuclear agreement. This is what happens when you trust an untrustworthy regime in an act of goodwill.

According to Reuters, in a confidential report, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Iran’s repeated missile launches “are not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the nuclear deal.

If that weren’t enough, German intelligence has found that Iran continues to seek illegal nuclear technology. They added that “it is safe to expect that Iran will continue its sensitive [nuclear] procurement activities.”

So Iran is testing missiles that may be able to be outfitted with nuclear weapons, and it continues to seek illegal nuclear technology… wasn’t the Iran nuclear deal supposed to stop this?

The problem is, none of this is new. Iran has been testing ballistic missiles before and after the nuclear deal was inked. And nobody could reasonably believe that the largest state sponsor of terror in the world that had endured over a decade of sanctions while continuing its nuclear program would simply stop its bad activities because it was promised a boatload of money. Obviously, nuclear weapons, not money, have been and remain Iran’s long-term goal.

But despite Iran’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons, its continued testing of ballistic missiles, and its continued demonstrations that it has no respect for international agreements, President Obama has still formally implemented the Iran nuclear deal. It’s as if the Obama Administration is ignoring the great weight of reality bearing down that proves Iran is not holding up its end of the bargain, acting as if we live in a fantasyland where Iran is well behaved and there is nothing at all to worry about.

This is not only delusional—it’s dangerous. Iran must be stopped, not rewarded. Iran must be held accountable, not allowed to continue violating UN resolutions and international norms. The House will vote on new sanctions for Iran next week because if we don’t do something, an emboldened and stronger Iran will be an even greater threat to their region and the world.