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Tehran Will Take Advantage of Obama Administration's Final Weeks, Top Lawmaker Warns

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House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce says that the Iranian regime learned that when it pushed, the Obama administration backed down.
House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce says that the Iranian regime learned that when it pushed, the Obama administration backed down.
The Weekly Standard, 19 Nov. 2016- Iran will likely use the Obama administration's final weeks to try to procure nuclear-related materials in violation of last summer's landmark nuclear deal, a top lawmaker told the THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
While Iran is prohibited from purchasing civil nuclear and so-called dual-use goods outside of the procurement channel set up under the deal, recent reports indicate that the country has yet to fully use the channel and has instead tried to obtain goods using unofficial means. The State Department effectively denied those reports in a statement to TWS this week.
"The Procurement Channel is fully functional and we are confident that it will continue to effectively review proposals that it receives," an official said. "The United States retains a wide range of multilateral and unilateral tools to address any proscribed Iranian procurement activities – including interdiction and sanctions – and we continue to deploy those tools where needed."
Lawmakers have cast doubt on the administration's assurances. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce told TWS that Iran would likely intensify its attempts to import technology outside the procurement channel in coming weeks.
"Early on, the Iranian regime learned that when it pushed, the Obama administration backed down. I have no doubt Tehran will try to take further advantage in the weeks ahead," Royce said. "The White House needs to be crystal clear: there will be zero-tolerance for procurement violations."
A congressional aide said that potential procurement violations are a "big concern," given that the administration has hesitated to say that procurement of dual-use technology outside of the channel would be a violation of the nuclear deal.
Nuclear experts have also observed that the administration has been reluctant to punish illicit Iranian activities over the past two years.
According to a July report by the Institute for Science and International Security (the Institute), the Obama administration has "inhibited federal investigations and prosecutions of alleged Iranian illegal procurement efforts."
The Institute revealed the same day that Iran continued its procurement attempts after the implementation of the deal. The country tried to purchase tons of carbon fiber, a product used to build advanced centrifuge rotors, but the prospective seller—reported to be Germany—denied the request.
Reports from German intelligence agencies for 2015 also said that Iran continued its "illegal proliferation-sensitive procurement activities" at a "quantitatively high level."
Soon after the release of these reports, the State Department denied that Iran had procured materials in violation of the deal.
"We have no information to indicate that Iran has procured any materials in violation of the [nuclear deal]," a spokesman said at the time.

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