U.S. Ambassador Overseeing Iran Deal Tells Congress He’s Not Sure Where The Uranium From Iran IsPolish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, right, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for military matters, Stephen Mull, left, smile during a news briefing in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Polish and U.S. officials held talks on Warsaw's demands for defense aid in exchange for placing part of an American missile defense system in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Stephen Mull, Radek Sikorski
Ambassador Stephen Mull, the U.S. State Department’s lead official supervising the implementation of the Iran deal, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and said something shocking: He was uncertain where the low-enriched uranium was that was shipped from Iran onto a Russian vessel.
What makes this so concerning is that he passed the buck to the Russians, saying it was now their issue:
“We obviously have had many differences for many years with Russia. But one of the features of our relationship is pretty close cooperation and protection of nuclear material.”
Critics of the Iran nuclear deal were quick to note the flaws of this agreement, especially the issue of Russia handling and storing Iran’s stockpile uranium. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) issued a statement blasting the claim as “outrageous and unbelievable” in light of how close Russia and Iran are.
Ambassador Mull went on to say:
“We do not have concerns about Russian custody of this material.” and will ensure not “one piece of dust of that material goes back [to Iran].”
Congressional Republicans and GOP candidates continue to heavily scrutinize the Iran nuclear deal and see this as evidence as to why it was a very bad idea.
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