On Tuesday, Iranian President Rouhani announced his nation’s 4th JCPOA pullback — permitted under the deal’s Articles 26 and 36 when other signatories breach their obligations.
That’s precisely what happened. The Trump regime illegally abandoned the internationally binding agreement.
Europe followed suit by breaching its JCPOA obligations. At the same time, the US and Brussels slammed Iran’s legitimate rollbacks while continuing to ignore their own obligations.
Double standards define Western and Israeli policies, a do as we demand, not as we do agenda.
For well over half a century, Israel has been nuclear armed and dangerous — its well-known open secret the official narrative conceals.
Israel’s Dimona Nuclear Research Center and other nuclear facilities are involved in developing and producing “bombs.”
Pursuit of them began under David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, ordering future MK Ehud Avriel to recruit East European Jewish scientists who could “either increase the capacity to kill masses or to cure masses. Both are important,” he stressed.
Ben-Gurion was determined to have a nuclear option against Arab nations. Noting what was accomplished in his farewell address, he said:
“I am confident…that our science can provide us with the weapons that are needed to deter our enemies from waging war against us.”
He and former prime minister Shimon Peres were the driving forces behind Israel’s development of nuclear, chemical, biological, and other banned weapons.
Secretly completed in 1964, Israel’s Dimona nuclear site was built exclusively for making nuclear weapons, not electricity generation.
By the early 1970s, Israel had advanced nuclear technology, world class scientists, and several dozen bombs in its arsenal — today likely hundreds of thermonukes with delivery capability to strike anywhere regionally.
France, South Africa, and the US were Israel’s main bomb-making collaborators.
Notably in the 1950s, the US launched Israel’s program by supplying the country with a five-megawatt/highly enriched uranium research reactor as part of Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program.
Israeli scientists were trained at US universities. They had access to domestic weapons labs. Since the early 1970s, advanced US technology transfers were made to the Jewish state, including supercomputers able to design sophisticated nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
Mordechai Vanunu’s mid-1980s documented revelations provided proof of its nuclear weapons program, published by the London Sunday Times on October 5, 1986, headlined:
“Revealed – the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal/Atomic technician Mordechai Vanunu reveals secret weapons production,” saying:
“THE SECRETS of a subterranean factory engaged in the manufacture of Israeli nuclear weapons have been uncovered by the Sunday Times Insight team.”
“Hidden beneath the Negev desert, the factory has been producing nuclear atomic warheads for the last 20 years.”
“Now it has almost certainly begun manufacturing thermo-nuclear weapons, with yields big enough to destroy entire cities.”
Nuclear experts at the time called Vanunu’s documents genuine. Israel arrested, mistreated and imprisoned him longterm for revealing the country’s dirty secret.
In April 1987, the Pentagon released a previously kept secret Institute for Defense Analysis report titled “Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations.”
It was the first official US confirmation of Israel’s nuclear weapons program.
Western and Israeli officials, along with establishment media, repeatedly slam Iran’s peaceful nuclear program — well known to have no military component.
At the same time, available information on Israel’s nuclear weapons program is willfully suppressed.
Major media ignore what’s considered taboo to openly discuss, including US involvement in aiding Israel’s nuclear weapons development.
The Jewish state is one of only a handful of nations that refuse to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran one of its original signatories on July 1, 1968.
The 1961 US Foreign Assistance Act prohibits aiding nations involved in developing nuclear weapons — Israel secretly exempted.
Its nuclear infrastructure includes numerous facilities — “equivalent to (America’s) Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories,” the Pentagon report explained, adding:
It’s “an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories” — including extensive R&D facilities, factories, private companies, and government research centers devoted to developing, upgrading, producing and maintaining Israel’s nuclear arsenal.
In the 1980s, Israel was able to produce thermonukes, its capabilities likely much more sophisticated today — constituting a regional and global menace that’s systematically suppressed.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu threatened Iran, what he’s done many times before, roaring:
His regime will “never let Iran develop nuclear weapons (sic). Iran expands its aggression everywhere (sic).
“It seeks to envelop Israel (sic). It seeks to threaten Israel (sic). It seeks to destroy Israel (sic). We fight back.”
“(G)iven Iran’s efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program, expand its enrichment of uranium for making atomic bombs (sic), I repeat here once again: We will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons (sic). This is not only for our security and our future. It’s for the future of the Middle East and the world (sic).”
Fact: Annual US intelligence community reports on Iran include no evidence of a nuclear weapons program — because it doesn’t exist and never did.
Fact: Its nuclear activities fully comply with its international obligations. They have no military component.
Fact: The Islamic Republic abhors these weapons, wanting them eliminated everywhere.
Fact: The US, other NATO nations, Israel, and their imperial allies are aggressor states — not Iran, the region’s leading proponent of peace, stability, and mutual cooperation with other nations, threatening none except in self-defense if attacked.
On Tuesday in response to Rouhani’s announcement, a Trump regime statement falsely said:
“Iran has no credible reason to expand its uranium enrichment program, at the Fordo facility or elsewhere, other than a clear attempt at nuclear extortion that will only deepen its political and economic isolation (sic),” adding:
“We will continue to impose maximum pressure on (Iran) until it abandons its destabilizing behavior (sic), including proliferation-sensitive work (sic).”
The US, NATO, Israel and their imperial partners consistently and repeatedly breach international law.
Iran fully complies with its international obligations. It’s unacceptably vilified by the US and Israel for its sovereign independence and criticism of the imperial menace these countries pose.
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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
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