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The leaders of the Islamic Republic are facing an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and doesn’t like what it sees.

Recently resigned National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s book was an underground hit in Farsi.  The team that includes Pompeo, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly show no desire for a strategic alliance with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as they view Iran as the chief sponsor of international terror. They take chants of “Death to America” very seriously.

Former President Obama tried to use a policy of appeasement to strengthen ties between the US and Iranian leaders, as well as to protect the negotiations that brought about the JCPOA, better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Recently, Iranian officials warn that ‘secret’ elements of the nuclear deal should not be made public.  

Adam Kredo, award-winning political reporter, writes, “Senior Iranian officials are warning the Trump administration about disclosing secret agreements related to the nuclear deal that have long been hidden from the public by the Obama administration, according to recent comments that prompted pushback from senior sources on Capitol Hill.”

This warning follows Kredo’s Washington Free Beacon report that disclosed that Flynn had been ‘pushed out of office’ in part because he intented to release these documents to the American public.  However, the documents in question are not classified.

According to Kredo, “Secret side deals related to the nuclear agreement remain unclassified but have been stashed in a secure location on Capitol Hill, making it difficult for staffers and lawmakers to view them. Individuals seeking to view these documents must have security clearance and are barred from taking notes or speaking about what they see.”

Would release of the arrangements that Obama/Kerry/Rhodes/Jarrett agreed to with Iran give clarity to the debate over what Trump should do regarding Iran? That the Iranians don’t want the documents made public seems to add importance to doing just that.

It’s been said that the National Security Council wants to release documents such as those in the bin Laden stash. 

A terrific article was published in Israel about the joint Iranian-North Korean nuclear weapons project. It presents a timeline and l analysis, which is summarized by the authors this way: “Iran is steadily making progress towards a nuclear weapon and is doing so via North Korea. Iran is unwilling to submit to a years-long freeze of its military nuclear program as stipulated by the July 2015 Vienna Nuclear Deal. North Korea is ready and able to provide a clandestine means of circumventing the deal, which would allow the Iranians to covertly advance that nuclear program. At the same time, Iran is likely assisting in the upgrading of certain North Korean strategic capacities.”

What is in those documents stored away in the Capitol Building?  There is currently great excitement about Russian secrets, and perhaps it’s time to look at Iranian secrets, too.

 

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