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Security Analyst: Iran Courts Western Firms in Effort to Avoid Sanctions

By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 01:21 PM

The reason why Iran wants to keep delaying negotiations over its nuclear program is because it is trying to shield itself from sanctions by tying itself to western companies, national security analyst Ryan Mauro tells Newsmax TV.

"I see the grand strategy that's going on with the sanctions bill and with how they're trying to get western companies involved in their country," Mauro, of The Clarion Project, told hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Monday.

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"The negotiations are not just about buying time for their nuclear program," he said.

"They're trying to bring in western companies so that sanctions get lifted because they pressure the European governments, the American government. 

"At that point, it becomes very difficult for the U.S. to ever implement sanctions again, which means Iran is free to do as they please," he said.

Legal expert Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax on Monday that the deal being brokered between Iran and the Obama administration will make President Barack Obama the "Neville Chamberlain of the 21st century if Iran ever does develop nuclear weapons because we will point to this point in history and say, 'This was the turning point.'" 

Mauro said that he agrees with Dershowitz's prediction.

"This really is a turning point because we've conceded that they can have the right to enrich uranium, the basis for developing a nuclear weapon as well as a domestic energy program, which is what the Iranians claim to be doing, but they actually are not," Mauro said.

"On the issue of the missiles, what the Iranians did was they froze the most sensitive parts of their nuclear weapons program that made them look worse because they figured they can freeze those, get a lot of money in the meantime, and work on other elements of the nuclear program, such as ballistic missiles, which are not covered under this agreement," he said.

"They stopped work on some areas, are focusing their efforts on developing other areas in the meantime, and probably outsourcing a lot of their work to North Korea."

However, "the nuclear program is still continuing," he said.

"If they do want to build a bomb and sponsor terrorism at a level that we've never seen before, they can do it, and then say to the U.S., 'what are you going to do about it?'" Mauro said.

"And our honest answer would be, 'There's nothing we can do about it.'"

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