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By F. Michael Maloof

WASHINGTON – Underscoring dangerous shortcomings of the nuclear agreement with Iran, a prominent missile expert contends there is no way now to verify that an Iranian missile-launched satellite doesn’t contain a nuclear weapon that can be exploded over the United States at a high altitude, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Such a blast would cause an electromagnetic pulse that could disable the U.S. electrical grid and all life-sustaining critical infrastructures that depend on it, warns former Ambassador Henry F. “Hank” Cooper.

Cooper, the first director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization under President George H.W. Bush, told G2 in an interview that it’s possible to verify whether or not Iran is arming satellites, noting it was done under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, with the then-Soviet Union.

Cooper led the development of President Reagan’s space arms-control policy while serving as assistant director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force. He’s now the chairman of High Frontier, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to warning against the threat of ballistic missile attacks and advocating the need for anti-missile defense systems.

‘Piece of cake’

Cooper reasoned that since Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz claims that the United States can verify whether or not Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement, then the administration should be able to employ the kind of on-site verification that was done under the START treaty.

Moniz, Cooper points out, has claimed the U.S. can “verify the limits associated with the Iran agreement’s 24-day ‘rapid inspections.'”

Get the rest of this report, and more, at Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

If so, Cooper said, it would be “a piece of cake” for the Department of Energy National Lab to verify whether or not an Iranian satellite contains a nuclear bomb, .

However, the administration’s claim of the ability to detect radiation after a 24-day waiting period has come under fire with new revelations that the International Atomic Energy Agency made a classified agreement allowing the Iranians to provide soil samples, with no IAEA physical presence to obtain them.

The existence of this and another secret side pacts between Iran and the IAEA was disclosed in closed-door testimony by Secretary of State John Kerry to House Intelligence Committee members.

Because the deals were made between IAEA and Iran, Kerry admitted to Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan. that he had not read them.

“He told us the State Department does not have possession of these documents,” Pompeo said to Bloomberg News.

Deal ignores existing capability

Cooper warned that Iran today has the capability of launching a missile with a satellite weighing more than 4,400 pounds. He pointed out to WND that if the U.S. was able to have Western experts determine that a Soviet missile launch under START didn’t have a nuclear weapon on board, the same could be done with Iran.

Cooper most recently expressed the concern on his High Frontier website, pointing out that the debate regarding the Iranian nuclear deal has ignored an existing Iranian capability to attack the United States with nuclear weapons.

“Beware of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack from a satellite launched southward from Iran,” he warned.

Get the rest of this report, and more, at Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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