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EMET Strongly Endorses Bolton Plan to Withdraw from the Iran Deal

October 2nd 2017
Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) joined with 45 National Security Experts to urge President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and follow the Bolton withdrawal plan.  Two EMET staff members, President Sarah Stern and General Counsel Adam Turner, were among the 45 signatories to the letter, all of whom are experts in national security, and many of whom have held senior positions in nuclear weapons, arms control, nonproliferation and intelligence fields. 
 
The 45 National Security Experts letter, sent to President Trump on September 21, urges him to withdraw the United States from the deeply flawed JCPOA using a comprehensive plan drafted by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.  The 45 signatories firmly endorse Ambassador Bolton’s plan to implement this approach by withdrawing from the JCPOA in coordination with America’s allies.  The signers believe the Bolton plan is the best way to reverse the damage done by the reckless concessions that Obama officials made to Iran to negotiate the JCPOA and to prevent the Iranian nuclear program from spinning out of control, as we have recently seen North Korea’s nuclear effort has. 
 
EMET further strongly believes that the JCPOA as negotiated is not in the United States’ national interest, and that it has also been flagrantly violated numerous times by the Islamist Iranian regime.  Contrary to some claims, the Obama Administration’s deal does not prevent a nuclear Iran.  As President Obama himself has admitted, the JCPOA, even if scrupulously followed, would only delay – and not prevent – the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb.  Further, even assuming that the 159 page document and the two secret side deals that make up the JCPOA are the entirety of the deal, it is still clear that Iran has materially breached the terms of the deal by producing excess heavy water and selling it for profit, shipping arms throughout the Middle East, and currently operating more advanced nuclear centrifuges than it is permitted under the JCPOA, among other violations.  The fact that the Iranians have barred the international inspectors from visiting military cites, where the Iranians would actually conduct their nuclear development, and that the inspectors are afraid to insist upon inspections, makes this deal especially dangerous.
 
Iran has used the vast amounts of money it received through the deal to accelerate its aggression and support of terrorism throughout the Middle East.  The total amount of money that Iran received is not known, but it is certain that the leading state sponsor of terrorism has received: 1) for the original six month negotiations with Iran, $4.2 billion in frozen funds; 2) for the first extension, $2.8 billion; 3) for the second extension, $4.9 billion; 4) for the final JCPOA, approximately $150 billion in frozen funds; 5) for the hostages ransomed on the same day as the JCPOA, $1.7 billion; and 6) the suspension of international sanctions, which could provide Iran with another $700 billion over the next ten years.  Right now, this money has been funneled to the Assad regime of Syria, the Islamist Shia militias of Iraq, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and even the Sunni Islamist terror group Hamas.  As a result, in just the Syrian hostilities alone, half a million innocent people have been slaughtered, including women and children and the elderly, and in some cases, chemical weapons have been utilized to slaughter those innocents.
 
To sweep all of the facts under the rug, and to claim that the Islamic regime is not in breach of the JCPOA, and that the Iran deal is in the U.S. national interest, would make the U.S. leadership look unprincipled, foolish, weak and cowardly. The Iran leadership’s outspoken arrogance that the international community cannot inspect its military sites, despite language to the contrary in the deal itself, is particularly dangerous. If Iran is allowed to continue to flaunt its defiance to the world, this will inevitably encourage nations to follow its dangerous example, and it will eventually lead the U.S. to either war, or surrender to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  As the leader of an organization devoted to promoting the truth, I cannot, in good conscience, abandon the truth about Iran and the Iran deal. EMET firmly supports the letter and plan put forward by Amb. Bolton and the other national security experts. Now is the time for the U.S. to stand up for the ‘emet’, before it is too late.” 

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