Iran’s Ongoing Lack of Transparency
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the unofficial Iran nuclear talks in Vienna this week faced new complications from an unexpected source: one of the people most responsible for keeping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action viable since the US withdrew from the seven-party agreement in 2018.
Iran’s ongoing lack of transparency
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s director-general, Rafael Grossi, stated that Iran’s ongoing lack of transparency and extensive violations of the JCPOA makes it difficult to trust the Iranian regime or accept the prospect of simply resuming enforcement of the existing agreement following the Vienna talks.
The latest talks, which are taking place between officials of the Iranian regime and the six current JCPOA participants, are apparently aimed at restoring the status quo, but US representatives remain close to give and receive indirect communications through their European counterparts.
Iranian regime’s refusal to reveal specific facts of its nuclear program
Grossi’s new remarks suggest that this should be a non-starter for Western powers. Furthermore, by bringing up the Iranian regime’s prior refusal to reveal specific facts of its nuclear program, Grossi emphasized that this should have been the Western understanding since the Vienna discussions.
Following the implementation of the JCPOA, new questions arose about the scope and specificity of the Iranian regime’s previous nuclear accomplishments. Eventually, the IAEA verified that nuclear-related operations had taken place in at least three locations that had not been revealed to the international community prior to the signing of the nuclear deal.
The dictatorship has never been held accountable
Both before and after the US leave, the UN nuclear inspection continued to press the Iranian regime for clarification, but never received a good answer. Meanwhile, the dictatorship has never been held accountable by the other parties to the agreement for its deception.
Most people with direct control over the JCPOA have appeared reluctant of antagonising Iran on such concerns, first out of fear of inciting the Iranian regime to break the deal, and then preventing Iran from re-joining the pact it had already broken.
The mullahs’ regime breaching JCPOA
Despite the fact that the UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China all remained committed to the JCPOA after the US withdrew, the Iranian government eventually retaliated by breaching one clause after another, eventually quitting the agreement entirely in early 2020.
Following Grossi’s recent remarks, supporters of the accord may be obliged to admit their role in the Iranian government’s nuclear program advancing to new levels while the regime remained free of EU sanctions.
The mullahs’ regime misconception must be addressed
This misconception must be addressed, and the Iranian regime’s rapid developments must be reversed. But the issue is that from the moment discussions resumed in Vienna until now, the Iranian leadership has made it clear that, under the current conditions, it will never concede to any revision.
This leaves Europe with no choice but to abandon the JCPOA, increase pressure on the Iranian regime, and restart negotiations with the goal of forcing the regime to accept a far more extensive and verifiable alternative agreement.