U.S. Will Teach Iran to Thwart Nuke Threats
our goals materialized’ under deal
By Adam Kredo
July 14, 2015
United States and other world powers will help to teach Iran how to thwart and
detect threats to its nuclear program, according to the parameters of a deal
reached Tuesday to rein in Iran’s contested nuclear program.
the terms of a deal that provides Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief,
Iran and global powers will cooperate to help teach Iran how to manage its
nuclear infrastructure, which will largely remain in tact under the deal.
Iranian officials, including the country’s president, celebrated the deal as a
victory for the country. Iran’s state controlled media quoted
President Hassan Rouhani as saying that the deal will “remove all sanctions
while maintaining [Tehran’s] nuclear program and nuclear progress.”
what is being viewed as a new development, European countries and potentially
the United States agreed to “cooperate with Iran on the implementation of
nuclear security guidelines and best practices,” according
to a copy of the agreement furnished by both the Russians and Iranians.
will include “training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to
prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities
and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and
physical protection systems,” according to the text.
“training and workshops” would work to “strengthen Iran’s ability to
protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as
well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical
protection systems,” the text states.
language was viewed as disturbing by analysts and experts who said such
cooperation could help protect Iran against efforts by the Israelis or other
countries to sabotage the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in the future.
United States and its partners have just become the international protectors of
the Iranian nuclear program. Instead of rolling back the Iranian nuclear
program, we’re now legally obligated to help the Iranians build it up and
protect it,” said one Western source present in Vienna and who is apprised of
the details of the deal.
addition to teaching Iran how to protect its nuclear infrastructure, world
powers pledge in the agreement to help Iran construct next-generation
centrifuges—the machines that enrich uranium—at its once-secret nuclear site
in Fordow, where Iran has been suspected of housing a weapons program.
is an underground and fortified military site that is largely immune from air
strikes by those seeking to eradicate Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
Iran will not be permitted to enrich nuclear material with these centrifuges,
the know-how gained from operating these advanced centrifuges could help it
advance clandestine nuclear weapons work, experts say.
Obama administration had once vowed that Iran would have to fully dismantle its
centrifuge program. However, this demand was walked back as the Iranians
demanded greater concessions over the past months.
the international community will be actively sponsoring the development of
Iranian nuclear technology,” Omri Ceren, an analyst from the Israel Project
(TIP), wrote in an email to reporters. “And since the work will be overseen by
a great power, it will be off-limits to the kind of sabotage that has kept the
Iranian nuclear program in check until now.”
Iranian President Rouhani celebrated the deal in a speech that detailed how the
country received everything it was looking for from the United States.
includes the full rollback on sanctions on Iran’s financial, energy, and
banking sectors, as well as others, and the suspension of international
resolutions banning the sale of arms to Tehran.
will also move forward with work on its advanced centrifuges and also
“continue its nuclear research and development,” according to Rouhani’s
comments. “All our goals materialized under the deal,” Rouhani said,
according to Fars.
nuclear reactors in Arak—which could provide with a second pathway to a
nuclear weapon—also will continue to operate under the deal. It will continue
in conjunction with the nuclear enrichment plants located in Fordow and Natanz.
Rouhani went on to say that Iran “will scrutinize implementation of the agreement” to ensure that the United States and other world powers uphold their end of the bargain.