Bold Global Media Quotes FPI's Tzvi Kahn on Iran's Heavy Water Sale

In "U.S. Senator Wants to Save Taxpayers from Bankrolling Iran’s Nuclear Program," Carrie Sheffield of Bold Global Media writes:
Tzvi Kahn, a senior policy analyst with the Foreign Policy Initiative, said the United States should not be spending taxpayer dollars to purchase Iran’s heavy water. He said that the nuclear agreement, which limits Iran’s stockpile of heavy water to 130 metric tons during the first few years of the accord, allows the regime to sell its heavy water on the international market but doesn’t require any country to buy it. Should Tehran prove unable to find a buyer, it could dispose of its excess heavy water on its own by blending it down.
“Thus, by purchasing the heavy water, the United States not only gives money to a terrorist regime, but also encourages other nations to buy Iran’s excess heavy water as well for the lifetime of the deal, thereby enabling Tehran to preserve a key capability necessary for the development of a plutonium bomb,” Kahn said. “Thus, when restrictions on heavy water development expire in 15 years (or if Iran opts to violate or abandon the nuclear deal sooner), Iran will be better positioned to quickly develop such a weapon.”
Kahn said the $8.6 million purchase might also offer Iran a pathway to the U.S. financial system, which the Obama administration previously claimed it wouldn’t allow.
To date, Kahn said U.S. officials have refused to say whether they paid for the heavy water with dollars, thereby raising questions about whether America has given Iran an additional unwarranted concession. Kahn said he believes that the Obama administration has taken this route because it fears that defying Iran would lead the regime to abandon the nuclear deal.
“The Obama Administration is desperate to preserve its signature foreign policy achievement. Iran has ruthlessly exploited this desperation by demanding the heavy water purchase,” he said. “Ironically, however, the purchase is likely to facilitate the very outcome that the administration seeks to prevent.”
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