The Jerusalem Post:
Switzerland’s Intelligence Service of the Federation revealed in its recent report that the Islamic Republic of Iran will stay in the nuclear deal and wait out the November 2020 US election in the hope that US President Donald Trump suffers an electoral defeat.
The Jerusalem Post examined the 79-page document, which cited Iran’s clerical regime 50 times, and included sections on Tehran’s nuclear, missile, terrorism, espionage and cyber spy activities.
“The Iranian leadership will try to wait President Trump out with strategic patience. Iran will continue to adhere to the provisions of the nuclear agreement that ended, in 2016, its far-reaching international political isolation. But Iran will also continue to support anti-Israeli forces in the region, albeit with much less financial commitment. Iran will not abandon its ballistic missile program... which it already has targeted short-range missiles,” said the intelligence document.
The Swiss intelligence findings were disclosed in May. However, the conduct of Iran’s regime can be viewed as refuting some of the key conclusions in the document. In July, Iran’s rulers violated the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), via increased uranium enrichment from the agreed upon 3.7% level to 5%.
The rise in enriched uranium puts Iran’s regime back on course to develop atomic weapons. If the regime hits the 20% level of enriched uranium, the threshold to building a nuclear bomb at a rapid-fire pace could be reached.
A British Foreign Office spokesman said in July that, “Iran has broken the terms of the JCPOA.” The plan was designed to temporarily curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.
In May, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said that his country would no longer comply with the 300 kg. enriched uranium cap outlined in the nuclear deal.
The Swiss intelligence officials wrote that “Iran is expected to remain in the JCPOA as long as possible and wait for a new administration in Washington. This keeps the nuclear program under control. In the missile sector, Iran will continue its efforts to improve the precision of its longer range missiles. For an increase in the range over the set limit of 2,000 km. – allegedly from revolutionary leader [Ali] Khamenei for political reasons – is [not possible] for technical reasons.”
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