The United States government reportedly concealed information that Iran violated UN sanctions during the ongoing nuclear negotiations with the Islamic regime, according to U.S. intelligence officials. They revealed that that North Korea shipped several advanced missile components to Iran.
The intelligence officials, who requested anonymity, told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran has received more than two shipments of missile components from North Korea since September. According to them, the United States knew of the activity. The components reportedly provided by North Korea to Iran included large diameter engines, which can be used to build a long-range missile system that could handle a nuclear warhead, according to one of the intelligence officials.
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Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) recently acknowledged that the Pentagon is worried about the possibility that Iran and North Korea could target the United States with a nuclear EMP strike.
Iran violated UN sanctions
The UN Security Council implemented additional sanctions against Iran due to its illegal uranium enrichment program. Iran was prohibited from acquiring an interest in any commercial activity in other countries involving uranium mining, production or use of nuclear material and technology.
The UN Security Council asked all countries to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of armored combat vehicles, battle tanks, large caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems to Iran. The UN also asked all countries to “take all necessary measures to prevent the transfer of technology or technical assistance related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons” to Iran.
North Korea’s transfer of advanced missile components to Iran is obviously a violation of the UN sanctions. The United States failed to do its part of reporting the activity to the UN. Spain’s mission to the UN, which is currently in charge of the UN sanctions committee, has not received any report from the United States regarding the incident since January, according to its spokesperson. Spain took over the mantle of the UN sanctions committee in January.
Experts criticized United States government
A number of experts criticized the United States government’s failure to report to the UN on the transfer of missile components to Iran. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton pointed out that the shipments violated UN sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
Bolton said if the United States government suppressed the violation, “It would be only too typical of decades of practice.” He added, “Sadly, it would also foreshadow how hard it would be to get honest reports made public once Iran starts violating any deal.”
Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz emphasized, “While it may seem outrageous that the Obama administration would look the other way on missile shipments from North Korea to Iran in the nuclear talks, it doesn’t surprise me at all.”
Fleitz noted that the ballistic missile program of Iran had been deliberately left out during the nuclear negotiations. He said, “Since the administration has overlooked this long list of belligerent and illegal Iranian behavior during the Iran talks, it’s no surprise it ignored missile shipments to Iran from North Korea.”
On the other hand, Thomas Moore, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee arms control specialist, said the missile components transfer “certainly points out the glaring omission present in the Iran deal: the total lack of anything on its missile threat.”
Moore added, “If true, allowing proliferation with no response other than to lead from behind or reward it, let alone bury information about it, is to defeat the object and purpose of the global nonproliferation regime – the only regime Obama may end up changing in favor of those in Tehran, Havana, and Pyongyang.”
Meanwhile, Henry Sokolski, head of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, commented that the missile transfer to Iran implied the reason behind the United States decision to back away from securing any ballistic missile limits in its negotiations.
Framework deal with Iran
Earlier this month, the United States and the European Union (EU) reached a framework deal with Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. In exchange, the West will lift its economic sanctions on Iran after implementing the deal.
EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini said Iran promised it would only enrich nuclear material at one plant. It will convert all other nuclear facilities for other uses. Pres. Obama said it was a good deal and considered it “a historic understanding with Iran which, if implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” He is confident that the framework will lead to a final deal.
Former Republican Michele Bachmann commented that Pres. Obama “virtually guaranteed” a World War 3 with the Iran nuclear deal, which qualified him as the worst president of the United States.