Growing concern Trump admin will cave to Iran, legitimize missiles capable of hitting Israel
Iran is undertaking a massive buildup of its ballistic missile program, sparking fears of a “second Holocaust” amid sensitive international negotiations that could see the Trump administration legitimize Iranian missiles capable of striking Israel, according to multiple sources familiar with ongoing diplomatic talks.
As the Trump administration and European allies continue discussions aimed at fixing a range of flaws in the landmark Iran nuclear deal, sources familiar with the progression of these talks say the United States is caving to European demands limiting restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program.
While the Trump administration went into the negotiations with a hardline stance on cutting off Iran’s ballistic missile program, it appears the United States is moving closer in line with European positions that would only regulate a portion of the missiles.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the ongoing talks told the Washington Free Beacon U.S. officials have been backpedaling on key demands originally proposed by President Trump in order to preserve the agreement and appease European allies who are eager to continue doing business with Tehran.
Senior Trump administration officials recently told the Free Beacon the United States is prepared to abandon the nuclear deal if European allies fail to address what it views as a range of flaws in the nuclear deal that have enabled Iran’s missile buildup and allowed it to continue critical nuclear research.
However, it appears the United States is losing ground in the talks, moving closer to the European position, which includes what insiders described as only cosmetic changes to the nuclear deal that fail to adequately address Iran’s massive missile buildup.
“If Trump doesn’t take control of these negotiations, he will be to Iranian missiles what Obama was to Iranian enrichment,” said one veteran foreign policy official with direct knowledge of the ongoing negotiations in Europe. “Combined, Obama and Trump’s negotiators could end up giving us a bipartisan Iranian nuclear weapon capable of bringing a second Holocaust. What does it say that Donald Trump’s negotiators have a weaker position on Iranian missiles than the United Nations?”
Speculation the Trump administration will cave on the missile issue has been fueled by off-record meetings between Trump administration officials and foreign policy insiders, as well as recent comments by the State Department that only “long-range” missiles are currently up for discussion, according to sources who spoke to the Free Beacon.
The State Department would not comment on the current state of the talks, but told the Free Beacon the ballistic missiles issue remains on the agenda.
This includes “preventing Iran from developing or testing a long-range ballistic missile,” according to a State Department official.
This does not appear to include shorter-range missiles that could strike Israel.
Full article: Massive Iranian Missile Buildup Sparks Fear of ‘Second Holocaust’ (Washington Free Beacon)