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Jewish Groups Decry Atomic Agency Decision to End Probe Into Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program

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A nuclear power plant outside of Tehran. Jewish groups are concerned by the IAEA decision to close its probe into the military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. Photo: Wikipedia.

A nuclear power plant outside of Tehran. Jewish groups are concerned by the IAEA decision to close its probe into the military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. Photo: Wikipedia.

Jewish groups decried a decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday to close its probe of Iran’s nuclear program.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP), a nonprofit umbrella representing 51 groups nationwide, said “many questions remain unanswered” regarding Iran’s previous nuclear work, especially after a leaked copy of the IAEA report closing the investigation revealed Iran had continued some activities as late as 2009.

The Conference of Presidents said it was concerned that the IAEA had failed to establish an adequate baseline from which to progress in lifting sanctions and upholding the agreements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal agreed upon by Iran and six world powers last July.

International inspectors from the IAEA will be responsible for ensuring Iran remains within the parameters of the JCPOA and other nuclear agreements for all future nuclear work.

US officials have said the IAEA report on Iran’s previous nuclear work would not affect the implementation of the JCPOA.

“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,” said B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin in a statement.

The group’s international president, Gary P. Saltzman, said he was concerned with Iran’s recent testing of ballistic missiles in October and November, which the US, France and UN experts said violated UN Security Council resolutions.

“This outcome sets a perilous example to other countries — that deception and continued testing of proscribed weapons is acceptable,” said Saltzman.

“In a blatant act, Iran test launched two ballistic missiles, capable of delivering nuclear warheads, in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions,” said CoP Chairman Stephen Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein in a statement.

The US has said it is considering a response to the Iranian missile test, which Iran says did not violate Security Council resolutions.

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