On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer condemned reports on the deal reached by the United States and its allies with Iran to stymie Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
According to Krauthammer, this agreement gives cover for Iran’s desire for nuclear capabilities, which in turn could undermine the “dam” holding back the spread of nuclear proliferation.
“It’s really hard to watch the president and secretary of state and not think how they cannot be embarrassed by this deal. Think about this, for half a dozen times, the Security Council has passed resolutions which said Iran has to stop all enrichment. Otherwise, there will be no change in the sanctions. No relief. Which means six times China and Russia, not exactly hardliners on Iran, have signed onto this. And what is the result of this agreement? Iran retains the right to enrich. It continues to enrich during the six months. It is promised a final deal in which we’re going to work out the details of its enrichment. And remember, enrichment is the dam against all proliferation. Once a country anywhere can start to enrich, there is no containing its nuclear capacity. So it undermines the entire idea of non-proliferation and it grants Iran a right it’s been lusting for, for a decade. That’s why there was so much jubilation in Tehran over this.”
Part of the deal allows for the unfreezing of $4 billion of assets for the Iranian regime, which is will be a boost for the current regime and the country’s struggling economy, in addition to leaving the door open for Iran’s program. And this deal according to Krauthammer is the worst deal since the 1938 Munich agreement during the prelude to World War II.
“Second, there is a relaxation of sanctions, which have really caused the country to hurt, to worry about the stability of the regime to come and negotiate. What happens on sanctions? There is going to be a huge infusion of cash, which can reduce the inflation, can alleviate the shortages. Already, the rial currency jumped 3 percent instantly as a result of this agreement. This is a huge relief for the Iranians and it can only increase over time. What do we get in return? I just heard the secretary of state say, we’re going to get a destruction of the 20-percent uranium. That is simply untrue. What is going to happen is the 20-percent enriched uranium is going to be turned into an oxide so it’s inoperative. That process is completely chemically reversible, which means Iran holds on to 20 percent uranium and can turn it into active stuff any time it wants. This is a sham from beginning to end. It is the worst deal since Munich.”