Iran’s full disclosure of its atomic weapons research is necessary for verification purposes and it is not possible for the United States to possess “absolute knowledge” on this matter, according to experts and lawmakers quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin in a Friday piece in Bloomberg View. On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters, “We have absolute knowledge with respect to the certain military activities they were engaged in.” Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) told Lake and Rogin that “he and other senators would judge the quality of a final Iran deal in part on how the deal compels Iran to fess up about its past weapons work.” Kerry’s statements are undercut by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, who said in March, “We don’t know what they did in the past… And that is why we cannot say that all the activities in Iran is [sic] in peaceful purposes.” Kerry also said that the administration is not “fixated” on Iran’s past and is focusing on the future. These statements came on the heels of an Associated Press report last week that the administration is willing to sign a final agreement omitting an Iranian disclosure of their past nuclear research.
The Obama administration has repeatedly asserted that such disclosure is absolutely necessary for a deal. In April, Kerry said about this matter, “They have to do it. It will be done. If there’s going to be a deal, it will be done…It will be part of a final agreement. It has to be.”
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) called Kerry’s suggestion that Iranian disclosure was unnecessary “unacceptable”: “It has been a fundamental question to which we need – not just want – a full and verifiable answer…and that has been the case as long as I’ve been working to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-weapons state.” William Tobey of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, wrote in Foreign Policy Friday, “A complete and correct understanding of all of Iran’s military nuclear activities is imperative for effective verification…Iran’s unwillingness to resolve the ‘possible military dimensions’ issue is direct evidence regarding its willingness to comply with a future nuclear deal.”
A 25-year-old man was killed and a second man wounded in a terror attack near Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported today.
The 25-year-old was shot in the upper body near the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem. He was found unconscious and transferred to Tel Hashomer Hospital by IDF helicopter where he died over an hour after the attack.
A second man was moderately hurt in the attack and was also being treated at Tel Hashomer.
A large deployment of soldiers aided by Israel Police were currently searching for at least one shooter.
According to Ynet, the men had been flagged down by a pedestrian.
Two 25-year-old Israelis were traveling in the area inside a vehicle when a Palestinian signaled for them to stop as if to ask for help before firing on them from point-blank range. Magen David Adom and a large number of IDF troops were rushed to the area which was cordoned off as searches began for a suspect.