Iran’s Covert Nuclear Programme
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that Iran’s nuclear program was one of the main topics of discussion at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting on June 7, which has been a source of increasing friction between Tehran and the international community in recent months.
Iran’s nuclear program
“The lack of progress in clarifying the agency’s questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations seriously affects the ability of the IAEA to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi noted.
Grossi raised concerns that the Iranian regime has not given the appropriate rationale for the existence of nuclear material particles at any of the three locations where the agency has undertaken complimentary inspections, despite the fact that it has been months.
Absence explanation from Iran
“In the absence of such an explanation from Iran, I am deeply concerned that nuclear material has been present at the three undeclared locations in Iran and that the current locations of this nuclear material are not known by the agency. Nor has Iran answered the questions with regard to the other undeclared location, or clarified the current location of natural uranium in the form of a metal disc,” Grossi claimed.
“Iran has provided no new information in relation to one location; has not answered any of the agency’s questions nor provided any information in relation to two other locations; and provided a written statement on a fourth location without any substantiating documentation,” Grossi said.
Multiple uranium particles
“The presence of multiple uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at three locations in Iran not declared to the agency, as well as the presence of isotopically altered particles at one of these locations, is a clear indication that nuclear material and/or equipment contaminated by nuclear material has been present at these locations,” Grossi continued.
These comments come after a full round of talks between Iran and world powers, and at a time when advocates of the appeasement strategy have been urging the resurrection of the 2015 nuclear deal and rejecting any additional pressure on Iran’s authorities.
No signs of cooperation
Approximately six months into the Biden administration, which many officials hoped would encourage Iran’s dictatorship to cooperate more with the international community, Tehran has shown no signs of cooperation and continues to breach international standards by continuing its nuclear program.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted that the U.S. has no notion whether Tehran is ready to re-establish compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal or if it will continue to breach it.
“It remains unclear whether Iran is willing and prepared to do what is required to return to compliance,” added Blinken. “In the meantime, its program is advancing apace… The longer this goes on, the shorter the breakout time becomes… according to public accounts, it’s already down to a few months at most. And if things keep going like this, it’ll only be a matter of weeks.”
The rising tensions
The rising tensions between Iran and the global community serve as a reminder of the fundamentalists’ regime’s character. For decades, the dictatorship has benefited from the West’s silence and passivity by spreading extremism and terrorism throughout the region, developing nukes and ballistic missiles, and cracking down on domestic protesters and opponents.
Meanwhile, many in Western countries assume that the regime’s threats may be mitigated by making concessions and turning a blind eye to its antagonism and confrontational actions.