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Jeffrey: How U.S. Taxpayers Helped Pay for Iran’s Nuclear Program

Terry Jeffrey penned a piece yesterday reminding folks not only how U.S. taxpayer monies are sometimes squandered in the international system, but it also highlights how U.S. export control laws are undermined and weakened by it:

American taxpayers not only helped fund Iran’s nuclear program over the past decade, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, but the State Department now “strongly opposes” diminishing the flow of U.S. money to the international agency that funneled the aid to Iran because the department fears — among other things — that doing so would “anger states in the developing world.”

The offending organization is the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Technical Cooperation (TC), whose mission is to help nations develop “peaceful” applications of nuclear technology. About 25 percent of the TC’s $80-million annual budget is provided by the U.S. State Department.

From 1997 through 2007, GAO said in a March 31 report, TC provided $55 million in aid to four nations — Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba — that State lists as sponsors of terror.

Read the complete article, here.

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