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Bridget Johnson


July 1, 2014 - 9:11 am

United Nations investigators have determined that Iran has been violating the arms embargo as the U.S. heads back to the negotiating table with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

Deputy Secretary William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman, and National Security Adviser to the Vice President Jacob J. Sullivan left today for Vienna, according to the State Department.

The delegation is barreling toward a July 20 deadline for a final agreement with Iran.

But Reuters reported Friday on a confidential report that found Iran shipping arms to Sudan.

The UN panel concluded that a shipment of rockets and other weapons, concealed on the Klos C and seized by Israel in March, originated from Iran and could have been headed to Sudan as a transit point for Gaza or  points in Northern Africa.

House Foreign Affairs Committee  Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) called the report “more evidence of Iran’s destructive and destabilizing role in the region.”

“Iran was caught red-handed — this shipment is likely the tip of the iceberg. This report should be released for all to see,” Royce said.

“During testimony in front of the Committee in March, Secretary Kerry pledged to take action once all the facts are known—I urge him to do so now,” the chairman added. ”Tehran has shown no interest in playing a constructive role in the region. Imagine an Iranian regime unrestrained by any international sanctions.”

At Monday’s White House press briefing, spokesman Josh Earnest even downplayed the involvement of Iran in Iraq.

“It is not in the interest of Iran for there to be this sectarian strife, instability, these grotesque acts of violence and terrorism being perpetrated on their borders; that it’s in the best interest of Iran for there to be a — for them to have a stable neighbor,” Earnest said.

“And the best way for Iraq to be stable and to confront the destabilizing threat that’s posed by ISIL is for the political leadership in Iraq to come together and unite the country in the face of that threat. And by uniting the country and governing in an inclusive way, Iran can have the kind of stable neighbor on their border that they would like to have, that’s in the best interest of their country.”

The Syrian Coalition, though, countered that the move of ISIS through Iraq was “Iranian-made.”

“Assad, Iran’s arm in the region, was not predicting the outcome of the conflict, but was planning to create a new reality in the region with the help of his allies,” said coalition vice president Nora Al Ameer.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Obama's legacy?
First president when more businesses failing than being created...and quite possibly insuring Iran nukes Israel.

Both are exactly what he wants.
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>>>"Imagine an Iranian regime unrestrained by any international sanctions."<<<

Kind of like it is right now under Obama.

Subotai Bahadur
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Final nuke negotiations to decide the final solution for the Jews.
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Why are we "negotiating" with Iran? There is no chance that they are gonna say "ok, we quit" and equally no chance that The One will actually do anything about it.
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