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December 17, 2015 2:08 pm

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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  • Holy Shirt

    It’s as simple as 1 – 2 -3:

    1. When all is said and done, far more is said than done 2. We have met the enemy, and he is US
    3. All politics is local

    Until US Jews and organizations start pointing fingers at institutions we can influence, we may as well march back to the camps. You think the German Jews murdered in the Holocaust never voted for Hitler? Think again!

    Voting “our party” 3:1 to re-elect Ourbummer in 2012 (years after his deeds belied his silver tongue) have we no share of blame for the world’s loss of direction?

    We may not be as smart as we like to tell each other.

    Did evil winds blow out the “Light Unto the Nations?”

    Did the “Yiddisher Kopp” overflow, overturn and empty?

  • Michael O’Connor

    When IRAN has the BOMB then the whole World will be under threat the Iranians do not give a damn about using a Nuclear Weapon on Israel but they will try you wait and see to our HORROR, who has instructed the I.A.E.A to stop it’s probing into Iran’s military use of Nuclear fusion for a BOMB, we are on the road to the 3rd WORLD WAR, Wake-up people radio-active fallout has no boundaries it takes no Prisoners just a long painful TERRIBLE DEATH.\Thank you President Obama.

  • jakob wasi

    Schrei, shrei, shrei…roil and moil… Israel has woven a tissue of a single strand against Iran. Black propaganda for the most part. Like a dog with a bone in its mouth the Zionists would let go, nor admit defeat. So rage on and cry against the noxious gas you’ve created.

  • Michael Kerjman

    Upon twenty-something years applying unsuccessfully for jobs at the IAEA is wondering how many Jews-from-around-a-world had been employed by and are working at this internationally-funded organization.

  • Esther Kaplan

    Does Israel’s “doormat” role as doormat surprise anyone!