On Monday, Obama’s administration approved ten nuclear bombs worth of uranium to be delivered to Iran by Russia in a move, which is seen as Obama’s final concession to secure his Iran-deal legacy.
Iran analyst Omri Ceren told the Washington Post today that the United States was blackmailed by Iran: first the Iranians violated one of the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal and then demanded compensation for it—which Obama went along with.
“We both allow the Iranians to exceed the heavy-water limits in the deal— and then richly compensate them with uranium that can be used for bombs. Our allies would be excused for thinking we are now promoting Iran’s interests, not the West’s,” Ceren said.
According to the 2015 nuclear deal signed by six world powers, Iran was obliged to keep no more than 130 metric tons of the so-called heavy-water material used in production of plutonium needed for nuclear weapons. They reportedly violated this limit twice—in February and November—and then asked for compensation for the excess material they produced.
“Either someone would purchase the excess heavy water, allowing Iran to literally profit from violating the deal, or the Iranians would go into formal noncompliance, endangering the deal,” Ceren told the Washington Post.
Today, the Associated Press reported:
Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact.
The Associated Press also points out that Iran has not said what it will do with the uranium, opting either to store it or turn it into low-enriched uranium, which could be used for nuclear weapons if purified.
The 130 tons of natural uranium that Russia will deliver to Iran is enough to make ten nuclear bombs.
State Department spokesperson John Kirby stated however that this shipment does not violate the nuclear deal and 130 tons of uranium “can not be used for a weapon” … in its original form.