Senator Worries About Secretive Nuclear Sites In Iran

( – People in Washington are becoming increasingly worried about Iran, which apparently “is not complying at all” with the nuclear deal. There are even new reports coming out of the International Atomic Energy Agency with evidence of “possible undeclared Iranian nuclear sites” that have remained active within the country.

That’s according to Republican Senator Jim Risch from Idaho. He’s a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, and met recently with Rafael Grossi, the head of the IAEA, to get some more information about Iran and the country’s apparent attempts to block inspectors from accessing certain sites so that they can hide work they are doing on nuclear weapons.

Senator Risch recently said he doesn’t think Iran is “complying at all” with the restrictions regarding nuclear development that were put on the country. He said he believes that it’s clear the country has full intentions to continue to violate the caps that were put in place on the amount of enriched uranium that Iran can keep within their country.

As he pointed out: “They have specifically said they’re going to enrich beyond what the agreement said. And they said they don’t care what anybody does about it. You can’t say they’ve been in compliance by any stretch.”

Officials have reported recently that uranium particles were found at Iranian sites that have been kept secret from inspectors to this point. Uranium is one of the key components needed to make nuclear weapons, which is why the nuclear deal was so focused on the amount of the chemical the country can enrich and keep on hand.

To date, Iranian officials have denied IAEA inspectors from accessing these reportedly undeclared sites, or from gaining any more information about them. This, combined with public statements from the government’s top heads that they fully intended to breach the deal, is a scary proposition.

As part of the nuclear deal originally made in 2015, Iran received certain waivers. However, there was what’s called a “snapback” provision in that deal that said the U.S. and other countries in Europe could reimpose full sanctions depending on how Iran reacted.

Now, with these recent moves and statements, Risch feels like the time has come to institute that provision.

“There’s no question about that, and the Europeans know snapback is warranted,” he said. “As always with Europeans, they drag their feet. They’re tolerant when they shouldn’t be tolerant. I tell them over and over again, I don’t understand this. Why, why, oh why are you guys so tolerant of this? Why are you so dedicated to wanting to deal with the Iranians instead of doing what needs to be done?

“Iran does not respect a gentle nudge. They don’t respect the weakness. They don’t respect people who are trying to do the right thing. They are recalcitrant in every respect.”

Despite European countries’ unwillingness to take a hard stand as of yet, the U.S. government under President Donald Trump is likely to continue imposing more and more sanctions as long as Iran continues to show an unwillingness to comply — and a willingness to march toward nuclear war.