(NaturalNews) The president of Argentina made a bombshell allegation during a recent speech at the United Nations, accusing President Obama of treason for asking her country to supply Iran with enriched uranium.
As reported by The Blaze, during her speech, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner told the General Assembly that a former Obama administration official attempted to convince her to “provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel.” It might have been a much larger story had it not been overshadowed by the president’s high-stakes talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to a translation of Fernandez de Kirchner’s comments posted at Mediaite:
“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, Hector 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.”
She further stated that her government asked for the request in writing because that was standard protocol, but she said that the Minster of Foreign Affairs never heard from Samore again after that.
“Story is true”
Fernandez de Kirchner’s allegations come at a time when the White House is still taking heat for its nuclear deal with Iran. Following The Blaze‘s publication of its article, Samore provided a statement to the news outlet, detailing a past proposed nuclear deal that he says involved nations manufacturing “fresh fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for the Islamic republic shipping most of its stockpile of low enriched uranium to Russia.”
He further stated:
“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,” he said.
“We subsequently approached France, which agreed to manufacture the fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.”
Iran nuclear talks began about the time of Samore’s Argentine visit
Samore further noted that in October 2009, Tehran agreed to the deal and would ship 1,200 kilograms of the low-enriched uranium hexafluoride (less than 5 percent) to Russia, where Moscow would further enrich the uranium to 19.5 percent, “and ship it to France for fabrication into research reactor fuel.” In turn, it would be shipped back 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,” he told The Blaze.
“In the end, Supreme Leader Khameini rejected the Tehran Research Reactor agreement and the deal fell through,” Samore said. “Iran’s rejection of the deal led directly to President Obama deciding to increase economic and political pressure on Tehran, which produced UNSC Resolution 1929 in June 2010.”
So, when the deal fell through, Obama sought to punish Iran? That might hold true, except for this: Long before the Iran nuclear deal was made public, the administration spent years behind the scenes conducting secret negotiations with the Iranian regime — beginning in 2009, the same year Samore went to Argentina.