You know that one person that you wanted to trust, but knew you could not? That boy/girlfriend, cousin, sibling who constantly wanted you to believe them. They would do any and everything to gain your trust except tell the truth. For us, it is Iran. And unlike those people in our past, they want our trust in order to destroy us.
After years of tension with the West, Iran may be close to getting back to normal. Though there have been reports of hidden missiles and the capture and detention of American sailors, all seems to be moving forward. The Iranians have shown themselves willing and able to conceal their activities and intentions, but we are still acting as if they were trustworthy.
The Washington Times reports
Iran’s foreign minister suggested Saturday that the U.N. atomic agency is close to certifying that his country has met all commitments under its landmark nuclear deal with six world powers, as he began a series of meetings with his European Union and U.S. counterparts on implementing the accord.
“All oppressive sanctions imposed against Iran will be annulled today,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in comments on Iranian state TV — a reference to the start of the process that will end financial and other penalties imposed on his country once the U.N. agency says Tehran has fulfilled its obligations to restrict its nuclear programs.
As I reported, there seems to be no end to the things we have discovered that the Iranians have failed to disclose. And even though they captured and detained two U.S. Naval vessels and their crew, this administration moves forward. And what will this mean for Iran?
The Times continues
Certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency would allow Iranto immediately recoup some $100 billion in assets frozen overseas. The benefits of new oil, trade and financial opportunities from suspended sanctions could prove far more valuable for Tehran in the long run.
Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who met Saturday morning, were to be joined later by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna, headquarters of the IAEA. Kerry’s plane landed in the early afternoon.
So, the largest and most tireless supporter of terror is about to get a large payday and the opening up of trade with the world. Not that there has not been some who have secretly ignored the sanctions; what will Iran do with all the new funds they are about to gain?
With a history of deceit and aggression, both toward us and our chief ally in the region, it is hard to believe that this new found income will not be used to harm our interests. With threats and boasts, the Iranians have long found themselves at odds with America. And there is little that we can do if they hide weapon development or shut out inspectors but threaten.
The Washington Post report
Iran insists all of its nuclear activities are peaceful. But under the July 14 deal, Iran agreed to crimp programs which could be used to make nuclear weapons in return for an end to sanctions.
The agreement puts Iran’s various nuclear activities under IAEA watch for up to 15 years, with an option to re-impose sanctions should Tehran break its commitments.
But what good will sanctions do if Iran already has nuclear weapons?