Leaked CIA info proves Iran N program peaceful: Analyst

Leaked CIA info proves Iran N program peaceful: Analyst

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US President Barack Obama does not “represent a break” from other US presidents on dealing with Iran, an analyst says citing the previous administration’s support for a CIA mission against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

In an interview with Press TV on Saturday, Joe Iosbaker commented on the newly-declassified CIA documents that show the United States tried to mislead the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about Iran’s nuclear energy program through the provision of doctored evidence.

The Bloomberg News reported on Friday that the CIA secretly gave the flawed designs for nuclear-weapons components to Iran’s IAEA mission in Austria about 15 years ago.

A Russian-born scientist, who was reportedly a CIA asset nicknamed Merlin, had been assigned to provide Iran with the designs in a mission approved by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and later endorsed by his successor George W. Bush.

This means the Obama administration is no different than others “in its dealings with Iran”, according to Iosbaker, a leader in the United National Antiwar Committee.

“The only reason that Washington is negotiating with Iran now is because they were put in a desperate situation in the summer of 2013 when President Obama’s war plan in Syria fell through.”

Iosbaker said the CIA’s mission also proves that “Iran is not a threat to peace in the Middle East. The only war makers are the United States and their allies.”

“Anyone that wants peace and stands for justice has to oppose US sanctions on Iran,” he further noted, adding the Israeli regime is the country in the region that “deserves” sanctions for atrocities it commits against Palestinians.

Iran rejects accusation that it is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear program, arguing it is as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, therefore it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Tehran and the P5+1 countries – Britain, France, China, Russia, the US, and Germany – are seeking to seal a high-profile deal over the issue by the end of March and to confirm the full technical details of the accord by July 1.

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