MEK: Iran Nuclear Program Continues
According to the Iranian opposition group The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), while world countries try to find a way to end the nuclear crisis with Iran, Tehran continues to demonstrate that it has no interest in ending its controversial programme.
Tehran is also blocking international inspectors
Two findings issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday underline Iran’s regime’s failure to provide appropriate answers to a probe into its past nuclear operations.
Tehran is also blocking international inspectors’ essential monitoring work, according to the UN’s nuclear watchdog organisation.
60% enriched uranium, which is a near-weapons grade
The IAEA also stated that the government now has 10 kilogrammes of 60% enriched uranium, which is near-weapons grade. The regime also has more than 80 kilos of 20% enriched uranium on hand. Iran’s administration is not allowed to enrich uranium above 3.5% under the provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal, technically known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran’s refusal to let inspectors use IAEA monitoring equipment has been “seriously undermining” the IAEA’s verification and monitoring work since February, according to the agency. Some of the monitoring equipment needs to be serviced on a regular basis.
The Iranian regime’s confrontational behaviour
The Iranian regime’s confrontational behaviour has escalated, according to the latest assessment. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in February that the regime had generated 3.6 grammes of uranium metal at the Isfahan nuclear reactor.
According to the government, highly enriched uranium is required for civilian purposes. However, European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal or JCPOA, have raised “grave concern” over uranium metal production, claiming that Tehran has no civilian need for it.
The move was hailed as a “key step in the development of a nuclear weapon” by the experts.
The lack of progress in clarifying the IAEA’s questions
“The lack of progress in clarifying the agency’s questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations seriously affects the IAEA’s ability to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi warned during the IAEA board of governors convention in June.
As parties to the JCPOA assembled in Vienna for many rounds of talks to bring the Iranian regime back into compliance with the accord, the escalation grew. The most recent round finished in June, just ahead of the regime’s rigged presidential election.
In the meantime, regime officials continue to display a disregard for international standards and commitments.
Iran enrich uranium by 20% to 60%
Hassan Rouhani, the regime’s outgoing president, stated in July that “Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization can enrich uranium by 20% to 60%, and if our reactors require it, it can enrich uranium to 90% purity.”
Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s new president, named Mohammad Eslami as the new head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization in late August (AEOI). Eslami has a close relationship with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the military organisation in charge of the regime’s nuclear weapons programme. In a meeting with A. Q. Khan, the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme,” he was among a tiny handful of IRGC officials who kicked off the atomic bomb activities.
Iran’s nuclear facilities continue to spin
As the centrifuges in Iran’s nuclear facilities continue to spin, Tehran’s adversaries are beginning to admit that their diplomatic efforts have failed.
“[We] are getting closer to the point where a strict return to compliance with the (nuclear deal) does not reproduce the benefits that that agreement achieved,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a press conference on Wednesday.
Iran escalates its confrontational actions
The regime is attempting to compel its counterparts to grant it unilateral concessions and sanctions relief without demonstrating that it is a reliable negotiating partner.
But, if history is any guide, this regime has repeatedly demonstrated that making compromises simply encourages it to escalate its confrontational actions.