It turns out that last year's landmark Iran nuclear deal between Washington, Tehran, and other world powers contained a few shocking exemptions that were kept from the public...
Just this morning (Wednesday), Reuters reported on these "secret loopholes" and how they are now coming to light thanks to anonymous officials involved in the original negotiations that took place on July 14, 2015. These individuals relayed their information to the Washington-based think tank, Institute for Science and International Security.
David Albright, the Institute's president, turned to Reuters with everything he now knows about the secret exemptions placed in the epic deal with Tehran...
The Iran Nuclear Deal Loopholes Concerned Uranium and Plutonium
One of the exemptions made in the Iran nuclear deal purportedly permits the country to exceed the limitations on how much low-enriched uranium (LEU) could be kept at its nuclear facilities. Note that this grade of uranium can be configured into weapons-grade uranium...
A senior official cited in the think tank's report told Reuters that if world powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany - hadn't agreed to this exemption, then some of Iran's nuclear facilities wouldn't have been in compliance with the accord's Jan. 16, 2016, deadline.
And a missed deadline meant ongoing economic sanctions for the Middle Eastern country.
So, President Barack Obama and his global negotiating friends allowed for the "unknown quantities" of 3.5% LEU contained in liquid, solid, and sludge wastes stored at Iranian nuclear facilities, reported Reuters. The original agreement had restricted Iran to stockpiling only 300 kg of 3.5% LEU.
Another loophole in the epic deal also concerned dangerous, weapons-grade nuclear material...
It allowed Iran to operate 19 radiation containment chambers larger than the agreement had set (the original numbers weren't identified).
These chambers are called "hot cells" and can be "misused for secret, mostly small-scale plutonium separation efforts," reported Reuters. Like Uranium, Plutonium is another nuclear weapons fuel.
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While the White House has pushed back against these allegations, its justification for these loopholes was weak at best...
White House Offers Lame Excuse for Iran Nuclear Deal's Secret Loopholes
Under the condition of anonymity, a White House official spoke out in response to the reports that world powers had allowed these exemptions to take place.
The source stated the joint commission and its role were "not secret." However, he failed to address the deal's exemptions.
According to Albright's report, President Barack Obama and his global negotiating partners told Congress of the exemptions on Jan. 16, after they had already been granted. Congress was sent the confidential documents that very same day.
And now the public is being made aware of these loopholes nine months later, which doesn't do Tehran's or the Obama administration's credibility any favors.
Iran Nuclear Deal Secret Loopholes: A Bad PR Move All Around
The U.S. government, chiefly the POTUS, looks bad for keeping such information a secret from not only the public, but from Congress as well. News that the exemptions had been made without legislators' knowledge punctuates just how divided the U.S. government truly is.
And as far as Iran's image is concerned, Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors notes that the country's economy is still in shambles, no matter how easy its global trading partners have made it for them to try and claw their way back to stability.
And things are just going to get worse...
"Arab Spring II is approaching," Dr. Moors wrote on Aug. 24. "This one is going to get ugly. Even the Saudi push to rein in production towards the end of the year (rather than soon, in Algiers) will be too little, too late."
And more unrest in Iran and other OPEC-member countries will have huge implications for the region and for the global energy markets as a whole.