Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been telling the American public how bad and ill-negotiated the infamous Iran deal was. Now, it has been revealed that President Barack Obama, along with other world leaders, made a secret agreement granting exemptions to Iran in order to allow it to meet deadlines and be relieved of sanctions as part of the nuclear deal.
The Institute for Science and International Security found that loopholes were created to exceed limits set by the deal for the amount of low-enriched uranium — used to produce fuel for nuclear weapons — kept at Iranian facilities, Reuters reported.
The U.S. and five other nations agreed to the exemptions so that Iran could be certified as having complied with the deal and begin to see relief from sanctions in January, a senior unidentified official told Reuters.
The White House, of course, denied the report’s findings.
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“United States and its partners did not and will not allow Iran to skirt its JCPOA commitments,” a White House official said in a statement to Fox Business.
This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has been accused of not being forthcoming regarding foreign policy decisions with Iran.
In January, five Americans who had been held prisoner in Iran were released, which the president claimed had nothing to do with a ransom.
It was recently revealed, however, that Obama held off a payment of millions of dollars to Iran in order to secure the freedom of those imprisoned. In other words, Obama negotiated a ransom agreement with a state-sponsor of terrorism.
Trump was right that this deal is seething with foreign policy problems and security issues, and we must elect someone in November who can actually secure an effective and enforceable agreement with Iran.