Former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman said that Iran is engaging in “nuclear blackmail” after Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would begin collecting low enriched uranium and heavy water.
“Starting today, Iran does not keep its enriched uranium and produced heavy water limited,” Rouhani announced Wednesday.
Rouhani warned that Europe will face “further actions” if Iran is not compensated in the oil and banking sectors for the U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to Reuters.
Starting today, Iran does not keep its enriched uranium and produced heavy water limited. The EU/E3+2 will face Iran’s further actions if they can not fulfill their obligations within the next 60 days and secure Iran’s interests. Win-Win conditions will be accepted.
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) May 8, 2019
“If the five countries came to the negotiating table and we reached an agreement, and if they could protect our interests in the oil and banking sectors, we will go back to square one,” Rouhani said in an address.
Iran’s increased aggression and demands stem from former President Barack Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal.
Obama’s terrible nuclear deal was meant to lift sanctions against Iran (which would give Iran billions in extra revenue) in exchange for 10 years of limited nuclear activity from Iran.
There were several problems with the deal, including Iran’s ability to delay inspections of nuclear facilities and the temporary nature of the deal.
Trump rejected the deal and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, but Obama’s bad policy spoiled the Iranian regime, which is now demanding more from other countries that signed the deal.
Hoffman characterized Iran’s demands as “nuclear blackmail” on Fox News’ “American Newsroom” on Wednesday morning.
“It’s quite telling because our maximum sanctions have really taken effect and the Iranian economy is in freefall,” Hoffman said. “The government of Iran is looking for some redress and this is how they seek to get it.”
— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) May 8, 2019
“We’ve sent the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf out of concern that the Iranians, who have in the past harassed our military shipping boats, may do so again and there’s concern that Iranian proxy militias in the region might attack us,” Hoffman said.
“We’re being very clear right now about our message to Iran, that if they seek to attack us, we will respond. That’s what deterrence is all about.”
Obama’s policies spoiled Iran, and now it’s up to Trump to clean up the mess.
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