B’nai B’rith International Deeply Disappointed By IAEA’s Decision To Close Its Investigation Of Past Iranian Nuclear Activity
B’nai B’rith International is deeply disappointed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors’ decision to close its investigation of illicit past Iranian activity in pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. Iran has consistently refused to provide the IAEA with significant information about its missile and weapons programs.
“This outcome sets a perilous example to other countries—that deception and continued testing of proscribed weapons is acceptable,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said. “Iran’s track record has proven time and again that it follows its own set of rules.”
The IAEA reports that Iran maintained a nuclear weapons program until 2003, and continued working on some aspects of it until 2009. In closing its investigation, the IAEA reported that Iran has not intensified its activities pertaining to this program. Yet, in October, only three months after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement, Iran test-fired a missile capable of mounting a nuclear warhead. This was in direct violation of a resolution of the United Nations Security Council.
“Closing this investigation raises serious questions and grave concerns because of Iran’s proven refusal to be honest and transparent about its nuclear activity and goals,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “Tehran has no credibility; its missile-launch has again violated bedrock international obligations, and there is no doubt that the Iranian regime will continue to skirt international agreements in the future.”
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