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Jerry Boykin: 'Side Agreements' May Allow for Nuclear Iran

By    |   Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:54 PM

"Side agreements" the United States is said to be negotiating with Iran will help facilitate the development of nuclear bomb there, according to retired Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, who appeared Tuesday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

A side agreement the Obama administration is purportedly working out with Iran allows the Iranians to keep 6,500 centrifuges, Boykin said, which can be used for nuclear power.

"To fire up the Bushehr nuclear plant alone would take 100,000 centrifuges," he said. "Why would we allow them to keep centrifuges? Why would they want them? Because they are building a nuclear weapon."

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"They also will not be required to shut down the Arak nuclear plant. They will not be required to send any of their enriched uranium to a third caretaker country. Those are all things that we expected that would be part of the deal, and now we're hearing from fairly credible sources that none of that is going to happen," Boykin said.

"I am very concerned about these side deals, and about the fact that Iran is going to continue to have the wherewithal to make a nuclear warhead."

An acceptable deal, he said, would be for Tehran to shut down all uranium enrichment and allow inspectors from the United Nations and the IAEA into any facility.

"That’s a deal we can live with," Boykin said.

He also discussed the Islamic State (ISIS) and what may transpire down the road.

Reports that the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS signals that Boko Haram has accepted the terror group as the leader of the new caliphate, according to Boykin.

"ISIS is not striving to create a caliphate, ISIS has created a caliphate," he said. "They've declared a caliphate. That's the reason they want to be called the Islamic State rather than ISIS or even ISIL, and now Boko Haram is recognizing them as the leader of the caliphate and Boko Haram is saying we're part of it.

"You're going to see others do exactly the same thing as they see this caliphate coming together, and remember, the caliphate is a theological issue with them. It's a super state that has to be created.

"Now, depending on whether you're Sunni or Shia, your theology varies a little bit. But certainly for the Sunnis, they believe very much in the caliphate, and their last caliphate really was the Ottoman Empire and they believe they have recreated now the foundations of a new Ottoman Empire."

Boykin predicted that it’s "only a matter of time" until the tri-border area of South America, which encompasses Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, also pledges allegiance to ISIS, a development that would signal "that the caliphate extends transoceanic."

"There are Islamic and jihadist elements down in that tri-border region there that are kind of looking for the time when they can do exactly that," he said. "Right now they're low key, but you'll see it happening all across North Africa. You'll see more and more of the Middle Eastern countries under great pressure from internal groups that really want to declare their loyalty to ISIS."

There is no proof that ISIS is weakening, according to Boykin, who said all indications are that the terror group is actually gaining in strength, "particularly as you see these franchise elements joining ISIS."

"In fact, the Egyptians say now that there may be as many as 150,000 fighters in ISIS," he said. "That doesn't sound like they're getting weaker if they go from 30,000 to potentially 150,000 fighters."

If reports are accurate that Iraqi security forces are close to retaking control of Tikrit from ISIS, it would provide an important psychological boost to Sunni tribes, which are needed to defeat the Islamic State, according to Boykin.

"If the Sunni tribes rise up against ISIS, it can be a very powerful force against the ISIS takeover of the entire country," he said. "If the security forces of Iraq are successful in taking back Tikrit, the city of Saddam Hussein's birth, then it would send a very strong message to the Sunni tribes that they can be part of a victory over ISIS if they choose to do so."

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