Iran’s Uranium and Biden Update

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Deja Vu

The Headline

Iran ramps up Uranium enrichment

The Background

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an Obama-era nuclear deal that sought to halt Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions.

Signatories include Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the EU.

The controversial deal dumped billions of dollars into the Iranian economy, but failed to provide the surveillance required to prevent Iran from continuing its nuclear program in secret.

In May 2018, President Trump announced the United States withdrawal from the deal. In July 2019, the IAEA confirmed Iran had breached the 3.67% limit outlined in the JCPOA by enriching uranium to 4.5%.

The 3.67% figure represents the enrichment level needed to operate a commercial nuclear power plant. Weapons-grade uranium requires 90%, which is relatively easy to reach once uranium has been enriched to 20%. Iran reached 20% before the JCPOA was signed.

The News

This week, Iran said it would begin filing 1,044 centrifuges at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant with uranium gas (under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to use only outdated centrifuges located at a facility in Natanz).

The project will transform the Fordow plant into an active atomic site rather than the research facility it was defined as in the JCPOA.

Reports suggest Russian nuclear company Rosatom is helping Iran convert the facility, which is located underground roughly 20 miles northeast of Qom.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he will undo all breaches of the JCPOA if Europe finds a way for Tehran to avoid US sanctions on oil sales, but will otherwise continue moving away from the accord.

“We want to find a way forward through constructive international dialogue,” says UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. “But Iran needs to stand by the commitments it made and urgently return to full compliance.”

The EU believes it faces a tough decision – to reject US sanctions or watch Iran pursue nuclear technology. What the EU refuses to believe is that Iran will move forward with its plans for world domination either way.



Smoking Gun

The Headline

Ukrainian company lobbied White House before Joe Biden’s threat

The Grind

Joe Biden’s 2016 threat to withhold $1 billion in aid money from Ukraine unless prosecutor Victor Shokin was fired came shortly after Burisma Holdings sought a meeting with the Obama State Department to end Shokin’s corruption investigation into Burisma and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky.

New documents obtained this week through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit prove Burisma name-dropped employee Hunter Biden when seeking a meeting with the State Department.

It is unclear whether the meeting took place, “but the records do indicate that Hunter Biden’s fellow American board member at Burisma – Devon Archer – secured a meeting on March 2nd, 2016 with Secretary of State John Kerry,” writes John Solomon, who filed the FOIA lawsuit.

The Details

On March 16th, roughly one month after Burisma reached out to the White House, then-Vice President Joe Biden successfully pressured then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire Shokin, thus ending the corruption investigation into Burisma.

“Biden has said he forced Shokin’s firing because he and Western allies believed the prosecutor wasn’t aggressive enough in fighting corruption,” writes Solomon.

But Shokin claims he was fired because he would not halt the Burisma investigation. In fact, he was preparing to interview Hunter Biden when he was let go.

This is a major conflict of interest for Joe Biden, who is currently running for president.

Hunter Biden resigned from Burisma earlier this year and promised not to work for any foreign companies if his father is elected president. Last month, a source close to Zlochevsky said Hunter only got the job at Burisma to “protect” the company from foreign scrutiny.

Hunter and Archer were hired in 2014, around the same time British officials began investigating Burisma and Zlochevsky.

We can expect to see more information emerge regarding the Biden/Ukraine controversy as John Solomon presses forward with his FOIA lawsuit.




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