According to a Reuters exclusive published early on Thursday, Iran continues to illegally procure nuclear materials through front companies, despite ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program. This relentless pursuit of illicit materials through backchannel means – all in violation of UN Security Council resolutions – continues as the P5+1 seeks to reach a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program by June 30.
The United Kingdom told a UN panel about the existence of an “active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms.” The report also lists other Iranian attempts, reported by member states, to illegally obtain both nuclear and non-nuclear materials. This latest report comes amidst frequent revelations of Iran’s illegal activity. Last December, the U.S. issued a report detailing Iran’s attempts to illicitly acquire materials for its heavy water reactor at Arak. In May 2014, a UN Panel of Experts said that Iran had “learned how to outsmart” the Western intelligence agencies in its illegal acquisitions. Just last August, Iranian leaders bragged about their continued pursuit of illegal materials. President Hassan Rouhani declared, “Of course we bypass sanctions. We are proud that we bypass sanctions because the sanctions are illegal,” while the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported that Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) said that “Iran has indeed purchased nuclear or nuclear-related components from other countries.”
In his testimony before Congress, scientist David Albright, president of ISIS, said that throughout the current negotiation period, Iran has continued its illegal procurement “of a wide range of goods for its nuclear programs and has undertaken extensive and elaborate overseas illegal procurements in order to build its nuclear facilities.” Albright continued, “However, similar to its attitudes toward the IAEA and safeguards, Iran views others’ national trade control laws and UN Security Council sanctions with contempt.”
The report also stated that one possible reason why the UN panel currently receives few reports from member states over Iranian non-compliance is for political expediency: states want to “avoid any possible negative impact on ongoing negotiations” with Iran. However, the report revealed that "some member states informed the panel that according to their assessment, the Islamic Republic of Iran's procurement trends and (sanctions) circumvention techniques remain basically unchanged."
An increasingly deployed comparison, made by anti-Israel activists, between Israel and the racist Jim Crow era of the United States is “an insult to Jews… [and] an insult to the African-Americans who struggled to be a part of the American dream,” veteran civil rights attorney Andrew Goldman wrote in an op-ed published today in The New York Post.
Goldman witnessed the injustices he recounted as a lawyer for the Council of Federated Organizations, an umbrella group of civil rights organizations.
Goldman not only defended Israel’s behavior, but also pointed out that the grievances of African-Americans are not the same as of the Palestinians. The goal of African-Americans was equality, not the destruction of whites.
In the American civil rights movement, there was no slogan comparable to “driving the Jews” into the sea and no terrorism sponsored by foreign countries against whites.
Goldman sums up his argument by saying, “I can no longer be a bystander as the noble legacy of the civil-rights movement is hijacked by a campaign whose goal is the destruction of Israel.” (via TheTower.org)