Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stood before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday and said that an Obama administration official approached her government to “provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel.”
Kirchner said that Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, made the request in 2010. However, when she asked for the request in writing, Kirchner said that her Minister of Foreign Affairs never heard from Samore.
Here’s what Kirchner said, via a transcript from her website:
In 2010 we were visited in Argentina by Gary Samore, at that time the White House’s top advisor in nuclear issues. He came to see us in Argentina with a mission, with an objective: under the control of IAEA, the international organization in the field of weapons control and nuclear regulation, Argentina had supplied in the year 1987, during the first democratic government, the nuclear fuel for the reactor known as “Teheran”. Gary Samore had explained to our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Héctor Timerman, that negotiations were underway for the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease with its uranium enrichment activities or to do it to a lesser extent but Iran claimed that it needed to enrich this Teheran nuclear reactor and this was hindering negotiations. They came to ask us, Argentines, to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel. Rohani was not in office yet. It was Ahmadinejad’s administration and negotiations had already started.
Not only did Samore not dispute the claim, but he released a statement confirming it. TheBlaze received the following statement from Samore:
“Story is true that I went to Buenos Aires in August 2009 to ask Foreign Minister Timmerman if Argentina would be willing to manufacture fresh fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for Iran shipping most of its stockpile of low enriched uranium to Russia.
As I recall, Minister Timmerman told me that Argentina could not participate in the project because of Iran’s refusal to cooperate in the AMIA investigation. I said that I understood the political sensitivities and accepted that Argentina could not be part of the project.
We subsequently approached France, which agreed to manufacture the fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.
In October 2009, Iran agreed to the deal: Iran would ship 1,200 kilograms of low enriched uranium hexafluoride (less than 5%) to Russia; Russia would further enrich the uranium to 19.5% and ship it to France for fabrication into research reactor fuel, which would then be shipped to Iran.
From Washington’s standpoint, the objective of the agreement was to remove most of Iran’s low enriched uranium stockpile at that time and therefore make it more difficult for Iran to produce weapons grade enriched uranium.
In the end, Supreme Leader Khameini rejected the Tehran Research Reactor agreement and the deal fell through. Iran’s rejection of the deal lead directly to President Obama deciding to increase economic and political pressure on Tehran, which produced UNSC Resolution 1929 in June 2010.”
So, does this smell like Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Iranian-born “mama”? One has to ask by what authority the administration would make such a request. Iran is an enemy of the united States. Their leaders have called for the total destruction of America. Isn’t this just another act of treason by this administration? When will there be an arrest made of Mr. Samore and others involved in this request? I’m certainly not holding my breath with the current occupants in Congress.