A senior member of the US Congress: The constant pattern of deception and double behavior of the Iranian regime
Today, May 9, Ted Deutch, Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives, expressed concern about the Iranian regime’s deceit:
Today I’ll meet with the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi and his team about Iran’s concerning nuclear activities. Here are some of the issues and challenges that I plan to discuss while I’m there.
Iran has consistently & clearly undermined the IAEA’s work and mission for decades by stonewalling & obstructing the IAEA’s attempts to monitor and investigate Iran’s nuclear program.
There have even been reports of Iranian guards physically harassing female IAEA investigators.
DG Grossi recently raised extreme concerns about Iran’s continuous delay in providing the necessary information to the IAEA after the org identified traces of uranium at three old yet previously undeclared nuclear sites in Iran.
This lack of transparency is deeply troubling.
This is part of an ongoing pattern of deception & duplicitous behavior.
A new report this week revealed Iran used confidential IAEA reports to prepare cover stories for top Iranian officials and to misdirect & evade IAEA investigations into its nuclear program in the early 2000s.
Of course, addressing Iran’s stockpile of 60% enriched uranium and its ongoing enrichment program must and continues to be a top priority for the United States and the international community. We must ensure that Iran is never able to acquire a nuclear weapon.
The int’l community must also address Iran’s blatant disregard for the IAEA & its investigations, which undermines the IAEA’s mission and weakens the global nuclear non-proliferation movement.
DG Grossi’s recent comment that the IAEA is at “very difficult juncture” with Iran underscores the situation’s extreme urgency, especially with DG Grossi’s upcoming report on Iran & the IAEA BoG meeting in June.
I look forward to discussing what we can do about these issues.