I feel like I’m alone in caring about this. ~ Allen West
As Written By Allen B. West:
I know it appears the prevailing issues such as foreign policy mean very little in this presidential election cycle. At the last Democrat debate in Flint, Michigan there was no discussion of foreign policy. And during the last GOP presidential debate, there were more invectives hurled than anything else. Well, while we sit here in America listening to this incessant blather on our screens, the world continues to spiral out of control.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “The State Department indicated that it has no objection to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s surprise announcement Monday that it would not be able to be fully transparent about Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement.
Yukiya Amano, who leads the IAEA, told reporters that the Iran nuclear agreement doesn’t allow the international agency to report publicly on violations of the agreement by Iran, according to one report. At the State Department Monday, reporters said Amano also indicated that Iran would be providing less information about Iran’s compliance than the agency provided before the agreement was reached.
But when asked whether the U.S. supported the IAEA’s announcement, State Department spokesman John Kirby indicated the Obama administration hadn’t heard about this announcement from the IAEA. Kirby also said the administration has no problem with the IAEA’s announcement that it cannot provide full transparency. “What matters to us is that they are in fact meeting their commitments, and so I don’t want to parse their assessment that information now is less detailed than it was before,” Kirby said. “They would have to speak to that. But as long as Iran continues to meet its commitments under the JCPOA, that’s what matters, and that’s what we want to see.”
I actually have no idea what the U.S. State Department talking head is saying — do any of you? Let me remind you Iran has clearly stated that the United States will not be allowed to inspect any of their nuclear facilities.
We reported last year that the Iranians said only nations with whom they have diplomatic relations would be allowed to be a part of any inspection team. But what I simply do not understand is while the head of the IAEA indicates Iran will be providing less information, state spokesperson Kirby just shrugs his shoulders and basically says no big deal.