Sunday, November 18, 2018

Islamic Republic of Iran to be declared in breach of chemical weapons bans - Robert Spencer

by Robert Spencer

Trump again moves to undo the massive damage done by his predecessor, who did so very much to enable and empower the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"Iran to Be Declared in Breach of Chemical Weapons Bans,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, November 16, 2018:
The Trump administration is set to announce that Iran is not in compliance with the Chemical Weapons Conventions, marking a significant departure from that of the Obama administration, which refrained from making such a declaration amid efforts to solidify the landmark nuclear agreement.
The declaration comes in the aftermath of a flurry of activity by both the White House and State Department highlighting Iran’s malign activities across the globe. A bevy of economic sanctions on Iran were reimposed earlier this month, and the chemical weapons action is likely to further tighten the noose on the Iranian regime as part of what the administration has called a “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran.
Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iranian forces, is believed by the international community to have deployed chemical weapons, with support given by Tehran.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed that next week the Trump administration will transmit a formal finding to Congress regarding Iran’s non-compliance with the conventions, which ban stockpiling and use of these lethal weapons.
The use of chemical weapons in the Middle East has created scores of civilian casualties just in Syria alone.
The Obama administration stopped short of declaring Iran in non-compliance during its time in office, but did inform Congress that it was not able to verify Iran as upholding the conventions….

Robert Spencer


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