The provision in the Iran deal allowing for a 24-day delay on inspecting suspicious sites would allow the Iranians to cheat on their commitments, according to a nuclear expert. Olli Heinonen, the former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told reporters on Tuesday: “Much of this equipment is very easy to move... So you can take it out over the night... and then there is this dispute settlement time which is 24 days - you will use that to sanitize the place, make new floors, new tiles on the wall, paint the ceiling and take out the ventilation.” Heinonen continued, “Secretary Kerry has said if there is big installation, 24 days is enough... But there are certain activities where unfortunately in my view, it's not enough.” According to Heinonen, the parts necessary to construct a nuclear weapon could fit in a room only 239 square yards.
Previously, the Obama administration called for anytime, anywhere inspections. Since the deal was reached on July 14, however, administration officials have backed away from the commitment: Wendy Sherman, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, called it a “rhetorical flourish” and Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We never had a discussion about ‘anywhere, anytime’ managed access.” The administration has taken the position that modern technology available to the IAEA “requires less manpower and is more efficient,” in the words of Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. However, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Hayden stated in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that absent an “invasive inspection regime,” he did not believe there would be sufficient warning of Iranian violations. He lamented the fact that the IAEA’s responsibilities “have [been] taken… from the technical level and put…at the political level.” This was, in his estimation, a “formula for chaos, obfuscation, ambiguity, doubt, and then finally, we’re just not going to be able to tell you for sure where the Iranians are.”
Iran has a history of cheating inspectors. In 2003, Iran stonewalled IAEA inspectors for two weeks at an electrical plant in Tehran and took the time to scrub the site clean of any incriminating evidence, although slight traces of uranium were found elsewhere at the plant.
Iranian defense minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, who has been implicated in planning the 1983 bombing of the United States Marines barracks in Beirut, declared that he would not allow inspectors to visit Iranian military sites, The Times of Israel reported Monday.
Though the Times observes that Dehghan’s comments “shed doubt on Tehran’s willingness to keep to some of the concessions agreed to” in the nuclear deal agreed to last week, Dehghan has been consistent in this position. In April, he announced that he would not allow inspections of military sites.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a top advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also rejected the idea of international inspection of military sites, according to a report today in Iranian news site Alalam.
“They (the westerners) have made some comments about defensive and missile issues, but Iran will not allow them to visit our military centers and interfere in decisions about the type of Iran’s defensive weapons,” Velayati said on Tuesday.
Velayati’s comments about Iran’s “defensive weapons” echo those of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Mohammed Ali Jafari, who claimed that the deal violated “the very critical red line” of “maintaining and upgrading Iran’s defense capabilities.”
A 30-second phone charge, a five-minute electric car charge … and now a new display technology for vivid colors without heavy metals.It’s been a busy year for Israel’s StoreDot. The Herzliya Pituach-based private company is working toward commercializing the fast-charge and display inventions with the help of $42 million from Samsung Ventures, Singulariteam, Millhouse and other investors. StoreDot’s FlashBattery and MolecuLED products utilize the same energy-efficient, environmentally friendly nanomaterial developed in-house from customized organic compounds, says CEO and cofounder Doron Myersdorf. “The battery guys need properties that enable fast movement of ions, and the display guys need more color. We meet these needs by adding functional groups to the molecules we are creating from scratch using organic chemistry,” he tells ISRAEL21c. MolecuLED will offer several advantages to potential partner OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) such as Samsung. Reportedly, it lasts more than 20,000 hours, uses 20 percent less power and is 90% cheaper than competing solutions. In addition, it’s non-toxic, whereas existing display technologies contain cadmium or other heavy metals. (via Israel21c)