Response to Himes on Iran Nuclear Agreement

With respect to the sugared letter Jim Himes wrote August 20th in the Opinion column describing the Iran Nuclear Agreement, I would like to show him a better deal, one that doesn’t kick the can to the next President.

One that:

• Doesn’t make a slew of permanent concessions in exchange for temporary concessions from the Iranians;

• Doesn’t lift the ban on arms sales to Iran;

• Doesn’t reduce in 10 years Iran’s breakout time for having a nuclear bomb to zero days;

• Frees U.S. citizens being unjustly imprisoned by Iran. These include a U.S. Marine, a pastor and a reporter;

• Penalizes Iran financially for any activity to overthrow foreign governments and sponsor terror.

Keeps money in escrow as an insurance policy to ensure compliance instead of giving them rapid access to some $150 billion currently frozen in overseas accounts, plus, eventually, many tens of billions of dollars in increased oil revenue – all funds it will be able to use to finance Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist groups.

• Doesn’t trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East;

• If Iran won’t agree to eliminate their stockpiles of uranium and centrifuges, then these must at the very least be reduced to no more than what is absolutely necessary for peaceful use.  Instead, this deal actually gives Iran access to more natural uranium in exchange for the supposed limits on its enriched fuel. The U.S. heavy-water reactor was supposed to be eliminated, not allowed to continue operating in ways that allow Iran to develop more expertise in such projects. And while limiting the number of centrifuges, the deal effectively lets Iran do more intensive testing of advanced ones.

• Stops Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles;

• Actually gives 24/7 anytime, anywhere inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites. The current agreement has a convoluted process that absolutely does not, contrary to what President Obama alleges; provide for 24/7 anytime, anywhere inspections.  When Iran balks at inspections of a suspect site, it can trigger a process that could take up to 24 days to resolve, before inspectors are allowed in. They can hide all sorts of things in 24 days – and even then, at least four member-countries of an 8-member council would need to agree to force the inspections, in order for them to occur against Iran’s objections. As for the inspectors, no Americans will be allowed. In addition there is a “secret” deal the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency has agreed with Iran that Iranian experts and equipment will be used to inspect Iran's Parchin military site, located not far from Tehran, where Iran is suspected of conducting covert nuclear weapons activity more than a decade ago.  The US and Western negotiating nations were not party to this deal.

• Iranian leadership agrees to stop blowing up mock U.S. warships in military exercises, pledging to wipe Israel off the map, and preaching “Death to America” before any sit down negotiation begins!

Linda Iacovo