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July 13, 2016 1:57 pm

Sen. Joseph Lieberman: US Government’s Weak Behavior Enhances Iran’s Nefarious Activities (INTERVIEW)

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Former US Senator Joseph Lieberman said the weak behavior of the Obama administration greatly influences Iran's devious behavior. Photo: US Congress.

Former US Senator Joseph Lieberman said the weakness of the American government enhances Iran’s nefarious behavior. Photo: US Congress.

The American government’s behavior has enhanced Iran’s inflammatory rhetoric and nefarious activity, former US senator Joseph Lieberman told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

“If we are weak, Iran will take advantage of our weakness,” said Lieberman, chairman of advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI). “If we are strong, they will adjust their behavior as much as they feel they have to.”

His comments coincide with the one-year anniversary of the July 14, 2015 signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and world powers.

However, said Lieberman, a vocal critic of the JCPOA, “The single greatest failure of the nuclear agreement is that, rather than blocking Iran’s path to building nuclear weapons, it opens an internationally approved way for Iran to build nuclear weapons in no more than 15 years.”

In addition, as The Algemeiner reported, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) announced Wednesday that the country’s experts are testing a new generation of centrifuges 15 times more powerful than the ones already in its possession. These centrifuges could be used to carry out large-scale enrichment of uranium.

In a threat aimed at the P5+1  powers — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany — an  IAEO spokesman emphasized Iran’s capability to resume nuclear activities currently frozen by the JCPOA, should the West not concede to Iran’s interpretation of conditions under the JCPOA.

Iran’s nuclear activities have also taken on a more secretive nature since the signing of the JCPOA. As reported by The Algemeiner, a bombshell German intelligence report released last week confirmed that Iran has been engaging in “clandestine methods” to obtain illicit materials in Germany, “especially goods that can be used in the field of nuclear technology” and that can “potentially serve to deliver nuclear weapons.”

While Tehran overtly and covertly disregards the JCPOA, according to Lieberman, the nuclear agreement has another prominent weakness when it comes to keeping Iran’s behavior in check — namely its failure to address Tehran’s sponsorship of global terrorism. 

“The JCPOA only dealt with Iran’s nuclear program, not its extremist ideology, support of terrorism, suppression of its people’s human rights or regional aggression,” the former senator told The Algemeiner. “With the JCPOA, this anti-American, anti-Israel regime has billions more dollars to pursue all their nefarious goals.”

Since last year, Iran has increased its inflammatory rhetoric against the West and Israel. As reported by The Algemeiner, earlier in July, a senior Iranian military commander warned that tens of thousands of missiles located across the Middle East — 100,000 in Lebanon alone — are ready to strike the Jewish state at a moment’s notice. 

According to Lieberman, Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism has been greatly enhanced through the JCPOA, thereby strengthening the abilities of its terror proxies — namely Hezbollah, Hamas and Iranian-backed militias — to carry out its threats. 

“Those threats have all been made worse by the nuclear agreement, because it legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, and funds both the radical regime in Tehran and its terrorist proxies in the region and throughout the world,” he told The Algemeiner

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  • Sorry Joseph, you have this all wrong. The US Government under the direction of the West’s Ayatollah Obama is bent on the end of civilized rule and the introduction of Islam and Sharia lawlessness to all imfidel countries. There is already 7.5 years of damage done by Obama and his White House Jihadists who are not done yet. Hillary will continue with the wrecking ball of Islam.

  • Jonah

    Why don’t you tell us something we don’t already know? We know that if you could vote for Obama again you would. I suppose you are attempting to put somewhat of a reputable face on extreme liberal policy hoping Israel will have a change of heart about the Clintons. Well don’t hold your breath the Israelis have moved beyond warshipping Obama and the Clinton Islamic money machine. As jimmy Hendrix would say, are you experienced…yeas the Israelis are experienced in dealing with the aftermath of the beast and the harlot. The sweet talkin carpet Bagger will not pull the wool over their eyes anymore So if your stumping for Hilluary the harlot you need to find a more condusive environment.

  • ART

    The most amazing or pathetic part is that the iranians openly challenge Obama, they call him a liar, they dare him to react and he cowardly wimps out and doesn’t refute them. By the way the iranians have not yet accepted or adopted

  • Tess

    Mr. Lieberman, elections have consequences
    2008 election sealed a dream deal for Iran
    The mainstream media is silent on irans actions
    And the world is deaf to the fate of Israel