By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
VIENNA/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – High-ranking whistleblowers warn that the United States is to finalize an earth-shattering deal with Iran that will fuel the Islamic state’s race to build a nuclear weapon and finance terrorism.
With the world distracted by the war in Ukraine, U.S. State Department diplomats reportedly fear an imminent Iran nuclear accord that they view as “so dangerous” that they need to sound the alarm.
As his approval rating tanks, U.S. President Joe Biden is desperate for a major foreign policy breakthrough, even it makes the world less safe, they argue.
Leaked details of the nearly inked agreement show there are no restrictions to prevent Tehran from producing weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb after 2031. That timeframe was also mentioned in the original 2015 deal before the U.S. abandoned the agreement.
That worries Israel, which revealed in 2018 that Iran‘s nuclear archive showed Tehran was working on atomic weapons despite telling the world its program is peaceful.
Other leaked details of the Biden-backed deal show that Iran’s feared Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would be removed from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list.
That will allow the IRGC to operate and receive financing freely.
Additionally, Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, will have his human rights-related sanctions removed, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
In return for the lifting of these sanctions, Iran must limit its nuclear program in the coming years, U.S. officials say. A 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, imposed limits on the production of enriched uranium.
But the United States withdrew in 2018 after President Donald J. Trump called it the ‘worst deal ever.’
Trump and other critics said Iran was not respecting the spirit of the agreement by fomenting unrest in the Middle East and developing missile technology.
Israel and several U. S. diplomats and other critics recalled that the IRGC was accused of being an “active and enthusiastic participant in acts of terror.”
It was designated a terrorist group over attacks such as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 US personnel. The military organization was also linked to the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. Air Force, service members.
MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE
Today the IRGC is accused of arming rebel groups or other terrorist organizations in the Middle East. In December, two vast arms shipments – including 171 surface-to-air missiles and eight anti-tank missiles – were seized from vessels en route to supply Houthi rebels in Yemen.
In published remarks, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently said, “Iran is demanding to delist the IRGC” as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
“Do you understand? They are now asking to let the biggest terror organization on earth off the hook,” he added.
His concerns are shared by Victoria Coates, a former Trump administration advisor. Coates served as Deputy National Security Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa and was Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy under Trump.
She said she had “no doubt” that China and Russia pressured Washington to sign up for the nuclear deal with Iran.
The Chinese and the Russians, she said, have “been pedaling appealing fictions about cementing Biden’s legacy as a peacemaker to get into a deal [with Iran] they both want: China for the cheap gas and Russia for an enriched client state in the Middle East.”
Coates also referred to “two embarrassing sanctions-related episodes” from Biden’s first year in office: “the removal of the Yemeni Iranian proxies the Houthi from the (Foreign Terrorist Organization] FTO list last March. And the refusal to uphold sanctions on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, than to lobby against the Congressional attempt to reimpose them.”
Putin has close ties with Iran, which recently announced that the Russian leader agreed to help “neutralize” U.S. sanctions by raising the annual bilateral trade to $10 billion.
The announcement came while three U.S. diplomats negotiating the nuclear deal reportedly resigned in January, saying Biden is “too soft” on Iran.
Yet, Biden’s senior envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, is determined to deliver a ‘win’ for his boss during talks in Vienna, Austria, whatever the costs, critics say. Malley is willing to make “unprecedented concessions,” Coates warned.
However, “as the horror of Ukraine should demonstrate to us all, appeasement of the world’s worst actors will only embolden them to pursue greater power and domination,” she wrote for the Dailymail.Com news site.
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