The Iran nuclear deal was criticized by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump as being “disastrous,” and in January he may be able to release non-publicized documents that could raise even more questions about the agreement. The Daily Beast reported this week that senior officials who will be in the incoming Trump administration are looking at Iran documents the Obama administration put in sensitive information facilities that effectively hid them from anyone without security clearance, despite the documents being unclassified.
Among those documents include secret exemptions for Iran’s nuclear materials, which while secret were reportedly discussed in a report by the Institute for Science and International Security in September. Details about the prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran and projections of the development of Iran’s nuclear program are also believed to be in the document list. Even some members of Obama’s own party have called for secret Iran documents to be publicized if there isn’t a legitimate reason to keep them hidden, reported The Weekly Standard.
The Daily Beast reported that a State Department official claimed the Obama administration is concerned the documents could hurt U.S. litigation or diplomacy, or unveil sensitive information from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In the meantime, Iran continues to boast about it’s missile program. Fars News reported that a key figure in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Tuesday that Iran isn’t only improving their missiles—they’re growing their stockpile as well. “The Iranian authorities and experts have used innovative and shortcut methods to produce inexpensive missiles and today, we are witnessing an increase in production,” said Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh
Israel has long warned of the dangers of the Iranian nuclear and missile programs. The same day as the Iranian official’s comments, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the world that his nation would defend itself against even the greatest of threats.
“Our military force must be strong enough to repel any foe,” said Netanyahu in comments from his office. “It must be capable of taking the war to the enemy’s territory… and it must be capable of threatening the annihilation of whoever threatens to annihilate us.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, December 8, 2016)