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Fmr. CIA Middle East chief: Israel ‘concerned’ Biden wants to re-enter Iran nuclear deal & remove sanctions

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Fox News and Washington Times contributor Daniel Hoffman joined “The Sara Carter Show” podcast on Thursday, where he and host Sara Carter discussed the incoming Biden administration, Israel, and the future of combatting Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israelis “don’t trust us,” the retired CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer said, “at least they didn’t like the JCPOA very much,” referring to the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal that the United States withdrew from under President Donald Trump.

Hoffman then pointed out that a sizable amount of Democrats at the time opposed the JCPOA, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who Hoffman said “spoke out eloquently against it.”

Hoffman agreed with the assessment that Israel was behind the recent assassination of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in a targeted strike last week. Fakhrizadeh, who was charged by the Iranian regime to lead their nuclear armament program, was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a designated terrorist organization of the United States and Fakhrizadeh has long been a target of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

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Hoffman noted that with the election of Joe Biden, Israel, which had a close relationship with the Trump administration, “is concerned that President-elect Biden wants to get back in that deal and eliminate the sanctions if Iran resumes compliance.”

Hoffman said “that’s not good enough.”

He added”Israel is going to continue to mount these operations,” referring to the possible assassination of Fakhrizadeh by the Mossad.

“Iran themselves may decide, ‘You know, why should we go back into a deal when Israel is continuing to strike us? This deal isn’t giving us any kind of deterrence or any kind of defense against attacks on our nuclear program,” he said.

Therefore, according to Hoffman, “Israel, rightly so, […] is exercising command and control over their own national security.”

When it comes to the potentiality for a some kind of new-and-improved nuclear deal, he felt that “there’s no way that the Biden administration would gain enough bipartisan support to make the deal a treaty, a binding treaty.”

“And I think that if President-elect Biden is serious about building consensus between Democrats and Republicans,” Hoffman added, “this isn’t the last thing he should be doing,” then going on to say that another major issue regarding Iran, aside from its nuclear program, is its sponsorship of terrorist groups in other countries.

Hoffman concluded that the incoming Biden administration could do well regarding its Iran policy, saying that “the Biden administration, I think, would do well, first, to get those intelligence briefings, first to get their team in, and think very carefully about what sort of policy they want for Iran.”

“Iran hasn’t won a lot of wars,” he continued, “but they’ve won a lot of negotiations.”

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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.

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A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.

The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.

However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.

CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.

The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”

 

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