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Friday, September 18, 2015

Secret U.S. Deal Makes Iran Sanctions Snap-Back Provisions Useless


It’s bad enough that the Iran deal includes secret deals between the rogue regime and the IAEA, but now we are learning that President Obama made a secret deal with Russia and China. As reported by Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon, President Obama has given Europe, China and Russia that it will guarantee their companies who make deals with Iran, would not have to stop working with Iran should sanctions need to be re-imposed should Iran get caught violating the P5+1 deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) that the United States will work with foreign companies who financially engage Iran to shield them from penalties in the aftermath of Iran violating the agreement, a decision experts told the Free Beacon risked a corporate rush into Iran that will permanently bolster the Iranian economy and incentivize Iranian cheating.

Kerry acknowledged that the Obama administration had provided confidential guarantees that Washington “would not retroactively sanction companies” who helped bolster the Iranian economy and that the United States would work with those companies to bring their future activity in Iran into compliance with any new U.S. sanctions.
In other words all that talk about sanctions “snap back” was only words. If Iran violates the deal most of the companies that started working with Ayatollah Khamenei and the rest of the apocalyptic Mullahs would get to keep working with them.
“For companies that have contracts that would otherwise continue after snapback, we have a consistent past practice of working with companies to wind down their contracts,” he wrote in the on the record statement.
While there have been rumors of such a “grandfather clause,” for the first time the administration has admitted one exists.
“We would consult with relevant states on a case-by-case basis to address issues that may arise,” Kerry writes. “We have not, however, committed to provide a blanket exemption (or grandfather clause).”

Kerry tried to justify the assurances as necessary to convince American rivals such as Russia and China to go along with the deal. Both nations and their private companies stand to benefit greatly from arms deals and other future agreements with Iran.

“When we were negotiating this provision, some of our partners expressed concerns that if sanctions snapped back, their companies would be suddenly sanctioned for doing business in Iran that was consistent with the JCPOA,” Kerry writes.
The secret deal was laid out in letters to China, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Analysts told the Free Beacon:
“It’s the worst of all worlds,” according to one analyst involved in helping lawmakers evaluate the potential results of sanctions relief to Iran. “European countries will resist any finding that the Iranians are cheating because they won’t want to endanger their corporations’ future business, and companies will know that one way or another they can act recklessly regarding investments in Iran.”
The other surprise Kerry told Rubio was that the deal allows Iran to test fire ballistic missiles.
“It would not be a violation of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] if Iran tested a conventional ballistic missile,” Kerry disclosed in the document.
Of course the only difference between a conventional and nuclear ballistic missile is what is at the end. Therefore by allowing Iran to test fire ballistic missiles the JCPOA is allowing Iran to develop delivery systems for nuclear weapons.

Despite all these and other flaws, forty-two Democratic Party Senators are refusing to allow the upper house of congress to even vote on this cow chip sandwich known as the JCPOA.

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