Obama’s Treason? A World Leader at the UN Tells a Story

argentina-presidentThe President of Argentina told an interesting story on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly Monday, when she stated that the Obama administration had asked Argentina to provide Iran with nuclear fuel in 2010.

During her speech at the UN, Argentine President Christina Fernandez de Kirchener claimed an administration official approached the South American nation with the shocking proposal.  Gary Samore, the former official in question, has not denied the claim.

Is this Obama’s treason?

The text of her remarks were placed on on her website:

In 2010 we were visited in Argentina by Gary Samore, at that time the White House’s top advisor in nuclear issues. He came to see us in Argentina with a mission, with an objective: under the control of IAEA, the international organization in the field of weapons control and nuclear regulation, Argentina had supplied in the year 1987, during the first democratic government, the nuclear fuel for the reactor known as “Teheran”. Gary Samore had explained to our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Héctor Timerman, that negotiations were underway for the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease with its uranium enrichment activities or to do it to a lesser extent but Iran claimed that it needed to enrich this Teheran nuclear reactor and this was hindering negotiations. They came to ask us, Argentines, to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel. Rohani was not in office yet. It was Ahmadinejad’s administration and negotiations had already started.

She went on to say that it would be difficult if not impossible for Argentina to provide that fuel due to the Iranians who were responsible for the AMIA attack in 1994. She said it was the last time she saw Mr. Samore.

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Argentine President Cristina de Kirchener- photo via Presidencia/Télam/cf

The rebuttal

Gary Samore was Obama’s former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction. His statement in rebuttal is as follows:

Story is true that I went to Buenos Aires in August 2009 to ask Foreign Minister Timmerman if Argentina would be willing to manufacture fresh fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for Iran shipping most of its stockpile of low enriched uranium to Russia.

As I recall, Minister Timmerman told me that Argentina could not participate in the project because of Iran’s refusal to cooperate in the AMIA investigation. I said that I understood the political sensitivities and accepted that Argentina could not be part of the project.

We subsequently approached France, which agreed to manufacture the fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.

In October 2009, Iran agreed to the deal: Iran would ship 1,200 kilograms of low enriched uranium hexafluoride (less than 5%) to Russia; Russia would further enrich the uranium to 19.5% and ship it to France for fabrication into research reactor fuel, which would then be shipped to Iran.

From Washington’s standpoint, the objective of the agreement was to remove most of Iran’s low enriched uranium stockpile at that time and therefore make it more difficult for Iran to produce weapons grade enriched uranium.

In the end, Supreme Leader Khameini rejected the Tehran Research Reactor agreement and the deal fell through. Iran’s rejection of the deal lead directly to President Obama deciding to increase economic and political pressure on Tehran, which produced UNSC Resolution 1929 in June 2010.”

Backwards thinking

It was the backwards thinking of this administration that created such a strange proposal in the first place.  Attempting to switch out Iran’s highly enriched uranium for a lower enriched type seems rather unproductive in the long run. Argentina is a socialist nation, and in favor of the Iran Nuclear Deal, contrary to many of the other websites’ claims.

“… I fervently wish that President Obama’s Congress, the US Congress, will also approve the agreement or, at least, refrain from blocking it because it will be a major contribution to global peace.” President de Kirchener

Is what he proposed treasonous? You decide:

“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994,108 Stat. 2148.)


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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