By Aaron Kliegman\u00a0 To see just how\u00a0useless the\u00a0nuclear deal with Iran really\u00a0is, look no further than the Arak nuclear reactor.\u00a0 Located near the city of Arak in central Iran, the reactor was designed to produce plutonium, giving the regime another potential pathway to nuclear weapons besides enriching uranium.\u00a0\u00a0 The nuclear deal\u00a0required\u00a0Tehran to remove\u00a0a key part of the reactor\u2019s core, the calandria, which holds the nuclear fuel. It then called to\u00a0fill\u00a0the\u00a0device\u2019s\u00a0tubes with cement, making the equipment unusable in future nuclear applications. Thus, Iran couldn\u2019t use the Arak facility to\u00a0pursue a plutonium path to a bomb.\u00a0 At\u00a0least,\u00a0that was the idea.\u00a0 In January 2019, however,\u00a0Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,\u00a0described\u00a0how the regime circumvented this section of the 2015 nuclear deal. He explained that Iran\u00a0secretly acquired and stored replacement tubes,\u00a0adding\u00a0that only Iran\u2019s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, knew about the decision.\u00a0 \u201cWe had bought the same quantity of similar tubes,\u201d Salehi said. \u201cWhen they told us to pour cement into the tubes \u2026\u00a0we said,\u00a0\u2018Fine. We will pour.\u2019 But we did not tell them that we had other tubes. Otherwise, they would have told us to pour cement into those tubes as well. Now we have the same tubes.\u201d\u00a0 Salehi\u00a0explained\u00a0that images showing the reactor core filled with cement were\u00a0\u201cphotoshopped.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0 \u201cNot only did we avoid destroying the bridges that we had built,\u201d he added, \u201cbut we also built new bridges that would enable us to go back faster if needed.\u201d\u00a0 And then just last week, Iran\u2019s Atomic Energy Organization\u00a0announced\u00a0that Iran will soon \u201ccold test\u201d its redesigned Arak nuclear reactor before fully commissioning it later this year.\u00a0Cold testing of reactors usually includes\u00a0the initial startup of fluid\u00a0and\u00a0support systems.\u00a0 \u201cIn other words, we have advanced work in the field of fuel, storage, etc.,\u201d said a spokesman for the agency.\u00a0 What all this really means is that the Iranian regime cannot be trusted.\u00a0 Indeed, Iran says it\u00a0plans to\u00a0use the reactor at Arak to\u00a0make isotopes for medical and agricultural use. Right. Because\u00a0it\u2019s\u00a0perfectly normal\u00a0for countries\u00a0to use plutonium reactors for medicine and agriculture.\u00a0 Meanwhile, Western intelligence officials just\u00a0told\u00a0The Telegraph\u00a0that Iran is hiding some of its nuclear activities and equipment\u00a0that could allow the regime to build nuclear bombs\u00a0from international officials.\u00a0 That report followed news\u00a0of the\u00a0International Atomic Energy Agency\u00a0(IAEA)\u00a0finding\u00a0evidence of undeclared nuclear activities in Iran.\u00a0 The evidence\u00a0suggests\u00a0the regime may have undertaken work on nuclear weapons.\u00a0 As these Iranian deceptions become public, Iran is continuing to ramp up its nuclear program.\u00a0 Last week, for example, the IAEA\u00a0said\u00a0the regime started enriching uranium at one of its nuclear sites with a second type of advanced centrifuge. At another nuclear site, Iran is enriching uranium to a purity of 20 percent. Both actions violate the 2015 deal.\u00a0 Iran\u2019s goal here is obvious: to scare the Biden administration into lifting economic sanctions and rejoining the nuclear deal quickly.\u00a0 Iran knows that President Joe Biden wants to save the deal after his predecessor withdrew from it in 2018. But Biden can\u2019t let Iran\u2019s leaders bully him into doing their bidding.\u00a0 The president must also recognize that, until the regime stops lying and cheating about its nuclear program, the nuclear deal is\u00a0unworkable.\u00a0\u00a0 As unpleasant as high tensions between the US and Iran are,\u00a0there\u2019s\u00a0something worse: the US pretending all is well with Iran\u2019s nuclear program under the deal, only to be surprised in the not-so-distant future\u00a0by Iran barreling toward a nuclear weapon with no good options to stop the dash.\u00a0 There is a nuclear deal that could work\u00a0\u2013\u00a0even with Iran\u2019s dishonest regime. The one being discussed just isn\u2019t it.\u00a0 Newt hosts monthly virtual events in which he discusses news of the day and why it matters to you and your community. These Newt Live events are your opportunity to communicate directly with Newt. We hope you will join us next time and let Newt answer\u00a0your\u00a0questions and provide his insight on the issues that concern\u00a0you\u00a0most. JOIN TODAY to be a part of this special event and receive a BONUS GIFT.\u00a0Click here to join Newt\u2019s Inner Circle.