Whether the Iran nuclear deal is the good deal the American administration claims it received or the bad deal its critics claim will continue to be discussed and debated. One aspect of the deal not part of the interim Joint Plan of Action signed in April was apparently a last-minute concession to Iran that has received little coverage from the media.
Article 10 in a section titled “Reactors, Fuels, Facilities, and Processes” obligates the world powers to “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.” The text further promises “co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage.”
The threats can only refer to potential actions by Israel believed to be party to previous acts of sabotage against Iran’s nuclear program. The Stuxnet virus which attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities was said to be a joint effort by Israel and the U.S. Now the United States has obligated itself and the other signatories to protect and defend Iran against sabotage attacks of its nuclear facilities from Israel.
The U.S. has effectively changed sides.