WASHINGTON: It’s making the rounds on conservative websites and in social media. Iran is strong-arming European diplomats to pressure the U.S. back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Should they fail, Iran will set off a public-relations bomb. According to at least one report, Iran threatened to “out” certain European politicians who supported Barack Obama’s constitutionally illicit “deal.” Did Iran bribe these politicians?
An Iran bribe to support the so-called “nuclear deal.” Explosive information if true.
Raman Ghavami, who touts himself a “Middle East analyst,” recently tweeted:
“[Iran’s Foreign Minister] H.J. Ansari Zarif’s senior advisor: “If Europeans stop trading with Iran and don’t put pressure on U.S. then we will reveal which western politicians and how much money they had received during nuclear negotiations to make #IranDeal happen.”
If true, should we be surprised?
Do you remember Benon Sevan? The UN appointed this Cypriot diplomat as director of its Oil-For-Food Program in 1995. The program, a suggestion by the administration of President Bill Clinton, supposedly aimed to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in dictator Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The crisis followed in the wake of U.N. Security Council economic sanctions placed on the regime.
Instead, the Oil-For-Food Program turned out to be a boon for corrupt UN officials, European journalists and a means for the Iraqi regime to skirt sanctions, eventually bringing $11 billion of needed revenue to Saddam for his military buildup.
According to the investigative report by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker:
“From 1998 to 2001, AMEP [African Middle East Petroleum Co. Ltd. Inc.] purchased approximately 7.3 million barrels of oil allocated in the name of Mr. Sevan, which AMEP then sold to other companies, yielding net revenue for AMEP of approximately $1.5 million in United States dollars… and then nearly $150,000 of this amount was deposited by means of known and confirmed cash deposits to the New York bank accounts of Mr. and Mrs. Sevan.”
Sevan was not alone.
More Eurocrats (and Russians) join the Corruption Brigade
Meanwhile, in Britain, a lifetime socialist and Labour Party Member of Parliament was a happy recipient of Saddam’s generosity. France’s former UN ambassador Jean-Bernard Mérimée, former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua were among those charged with receiving bribes. And finally, India’s Foreign Secretary Natwar Singh stepped down after reports surfaced that he, too, received lucrative oil vouchers from the Iraqi regime.
Also implicated in the scandal: U.N. workers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexander Yakovlev (Russians), Ludmil Dionissiev (Bulgarian), and Tongsun Park (South Korea).
With history as our guide, it’s clear our friends across the Atlantic are prone to look the other way when cash is involved. Especially when the paymasters are deranged, Middle East rogue states that hate America and Israel. It doesn’t seem to hurt either if their oil reserves are as large as their nuclear ambitions. Hence, the probability of that alleged Iran bribe paid to certain European pols.
Off to save Iran and the French
Might this explain former Secretary of State John Kerry’s frantic, Logan-Act-violating, fake shuttle diplomacy in Paris with Iranian and French diplomats just prior to President Trump’s announced departure from the Iran nuclear deal?
Is one or more of Jean Chérri’s friends possible beneficiaries, like Hezbollah, of Iranian cash? Is John Kerry?
It seems only Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif’s senior advisor knows for sure.
Top Image: Iranians demonstrate against President Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal,
CBS News screen capture. Iran Foreign Minister Zarif, Council on Foreign Relations, screen capture.