Outrage: Iran deal commits U.S. to teach them how to defeat a cyber attack
Perhaps the very worst aspect of the Iran deal reached in Vienna is the commitment of the U.S. and European powers to teach the Iranians how to resist attacks such as Stuxnet. Although it has received very little media coverage (Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon is the notable exception), the agreement states (buried on page 142 of the 159-page deal, in Annex III, under Civil Nuclear Cooperation, Section D, under Nuclear Safety, Safeguards and Security, item 10):
10. Nuclear Security
E3/EU+3 parties, and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices. Co- operation in the following areas can be envisaged:
10. Co-operation in the form of training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran's ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems;
10. Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.
The language obviously s not limited to physical threats, so it must include advanced cyber warfare training. The Israelis are outraged. Ari Yasher of Israel National News writes:
Israeli officials responded with outrage on Monday to a detail hidden in the back of the Iran nuclear deal signed last Tuesday, according to which the West will train Iran to defend its nuclear facilities from sabotage.
"The US needs to defend Iran from an attack on its march to an Iranian (nuclear) bomb, because of the excuse that the nuclear (facilities) are for civilian purposes?," fumed a senior Israeli diplomat at the Prime Minister's Office quoted by Israel Hayom.
Significantly, all of Iran's nuclear facilities are classified as civilian, regardless of the actual covert activities being conducted at the sites.
In effect, the U.S. and the other signatories are entering into a one-way defense pact with the Iranians against Israel. This aspect of the deal must be forcefully brought to the attention of every Democrat in the Senate, including Chuck Schumer.
The U.S. providing advanced training to Iran to defeat Israel is an outrage.