Addressing the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers, Barnea said the talks have had no restraining effect on Tehran, adding that its terror activities had expanded to the United States and Europe to target former American administration officials, Iranian dissidents and others.
He accused the world of “allowing Iran to work like this” and failing to hold Iran to account for its ongoing effort to carry out lethal attacks in the Western world, giving Tehran a green light to continue.
Barnea said that during his recent visit to the United States, he conveyed to American officials the repercussions of accepting a new nuclear deal, saying this would result in an immediate $6 billion for Iran, to be followed by some $90 billion in the first year from unfrozen assets and revenue from increased oil sales.
Tens of billions of dollars would follow each year, resulting in an immediate addition of 25 percent to the Islamic Republic’s GDP. “No other country would come close to such a rise in growth,” he said.
Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah, Shi’ite militias in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen would all benefit, he said. “If even a small percentage of these huge additions [to Tehran’s coffers] is diverted to regional terrorism, it would multiply their money and lead to unprecedented force build-up by terrorists,” he warned.
Barnea emphasized that a new nuclear agreement would not grant Iran immunity from Mossad action.