Sept. 27, 2017
Video – Inspections and Monitoring: The Weak Link in the Iran Nuclear Deal – Dore Gold (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
- One of the most important standards set by the U.S. Congress for the Iran agreement concerns covert Iranian activities in the nuclear field. The Iran agreement gives the International Atomic Energy Agency access to certain declared facilities. But the agreement doesn’t adequately address the question of undeclared sites.
- It’s as though the negotiators forgot some famous names: Natanz – the main enrichment site of Iran; Arak – where the Iranians have their heavy-water facility which will allow them the pathway to a plutonium bomb; and the famous underground site at Fordo near Qom where the Iranians have another enrichment facility for their uranium.
- These sites were all secret, undeclared sites. If the Iranians are going to break through to a nuclear bomb, they’re going to do it in those kind of secret sites that eventually the West discovered over the last 20 years, and not through some declared facility.
- Dr. Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, wrote in September in an FDD policy brief that he has information from an IAEA staff member that the agency has not conducted a single visit to suspected military sites in Iran. They’re off the table. In fact, the whole arrangement for inspections and monitoring is the weak link in the Iranian nuclear deal.
The writer, president of the Jerusalem Center, served as Israel’s ambassador to the UN and director general of the Foreign Ministry.