Kenyan officials announced they foiled an Iranian terror attack in Kenya by arresting two Iranian spies.
The two men were both Shiites from Nairobi and had travelled to Iran last month. The men were identified as 69-year-old Abubakr Sadiq Louw, described as a “senior figure” in Nairobi’s Shiite community, and 25-year-old Yassin Sambair Juma. Both were said to have received training from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Meanwhile, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said he could not guarantee Iran’s nuclear ambitions were peaceful. Yukiya Amano’s remarks came ahead of the report scheduled to be released next week by his agency to certify whether or not Iran engaged in nuclear activities that contained possible military dimensions (PMD).
The report is part of the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.
Speaking to the IAEA’s 35-nation board, Amano said he is “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.” In addition, Amano said he could not confirm that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”
As part of the nuclear agreement, two key passages of the deal are to remain secret. According to the agreement, these passages will be negotiated separately between the IAEA and Iran.
The first concerns the inspection of the Parchin military installation, which has been under suspicion for years for conducting research on nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles. The second centers on gathering information to resolve the issue of PMDs of Iran’s nuclear program.
Addressing the upcoming IAEA report about the possible military dimensions of Iranian nuclear activities, Amano said, “The report will not be black and white. What I can now say is that this is an issue that cannot be answered by ‘yes’ and ‘no.’”
At the same time, a senior advisor to Qassem Suleiman, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, said Iran is “closer than ever” to building a nuclear bomb. According to Iranian media, Hassan Karimpour said that completing a bomb would be “easier than putting in a contact lens” and “easy to do, as soon as the spiritual ban on nuclear weapons was lifted.”
With regards to the agreement itself, the U.S. State Department recently stated the deal is not “legally binding” but rather represents “political commitments.”
A letter written by a State Department official to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) and obtained by the National Review stated, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.”
Accordingly, the deal given to Congress to review was not signed by the U.S. Similarly, the agreement was not signed by Iran.
In fact, as the National Review writes, “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discouraged his nation’s parliament from voting on the nuclear deal in order to avoid placing legal burdens on the regime. ‘If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to [and passed by] parliament, it will create an obligation for the government. It will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it,’ Rouhani said in August. ‘Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?’.”
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