London, 27 Apr – An Iranian businessman has just been sentenced to a decade in prison in the United Arab Emirates for providing assistance with the nuclear program.
The court in the UAE handed the sentence over after the man was convicted of bringing an electric motor and other equipment to the country with the intention of using them to advance the Iranian nuclear program.
The identity of the man has not been released, but news agencies are referring to him with the initials “S.M.A.R”.
The specific details regarding the conviction have not been made public and it is unclear how the material found would actually be used by Iran in their nuclear program. Reports specified that his conviction was because of violating the international ban on nuclear weapons.
The Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between the Islamic Republic and several world powers. The West grew suspicious over Iran’s nuclear program, despite claims that it was a peaceful program. As a result of the nuclear deal, Iran now has limits it must adhere to for the enrichment of uranium.
Last week, the Trump administration announced that Iran had officially complied with the terms of the nuclear deal. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pointed out that the Obama administration had set the bar so low and allowed so many concessions that it would have been very difficult for Iran to have failed compliance. Tillerson also noted that the Obama administration has not dealt with Iran properly, and promised that the Trump administration will do what needs to be done.
The administration has to officially note Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days. This was the first one that the Trump administration has had to register.
President Trump stated last week that his administration was going to have a thorough look at the nuclear deal and would comment soon. President Trump has been very openly critical of the nuclear deal even since before being elected.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) recently revealed details about Iran’s nuclear program with the help of opposition members inside Iran who have infiltrated even the government and the country’s military. Details about the location of the nuclear work were revealed, along with satellite imagery.
IRGC guards are protecting the site to avoid the leak of information. Most worryingly, the work is being carried out at the same rate as before the nuclear deal was signed.
This is just proof that the nuclear deal is pointless as Iran is still progressing towards its goal of having a nuclear weapon.