MEK Iran: Tehran’s Nuclear Extortion Campaign
On November 9, negotiations to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna, however, little to no progress was made. Tehran is doing everything it can to prolong negotiations, and Ali Bagheri-Kani, the senior Iranian negotiator, has made a series of statements implying that Western participants in the negotiations are about to fall into the regime’s demands for immediate, unconditional, and comprehensive relief from US sanctions.
Ali Bagheri praised the Iranian regime’s current offers
The US, on the other hand, has given no evidence of being willing to provide such relief and has even warned that if Iran’s continued delays lead to the collapse of negotiation, other options are on the table.
Following the conclusion of last week’s talks, Ali Bagheri-Kani praised the Iranian regime’s current offers as “useful and constructive” in his remarks, the first to take place in Vienna since the sixth round of talks ended in June. However, Western negotiators slammed that depiction, claiming that Iran was not only making exorbitant demands for sanctions relief but also breaking a number of agreements made during the previous six meetings.
Iran’s stockpile of 20% enriched uranium is more than 80 kg
The Iranian leadership was urged to return to the negotiations this week with more realistic ideas by German officials, while the US accused it of seeking to “slow-walk” the diplomatic process while accelerating its nuclear programs.
Since 2018, the Iranian leadership has resumed enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile purity, and a tiny amount of that material has been pushed to 60 percent, bringing it even closer to weapons-grade. The International Atomic Energy Organization assessed Iran’s stockpile of 20% enriched uranium to be more than 80 kg in its most recent quarterly report on the Iranian nuclear program, but the head of Iran’s nuclear authority afterward boasted that the true quantity was at least 50% higher.
Iran has also been creating uranium metal
The Iranian dictatorship has also been creating uranium metal, a material with no practical use other than as part of a nuclear weapon’s core. For further enrichment, Iranian facilities have put up cascades of advanced centrifuges, but the JCPOA limited them to first-generation machines that did not spin in sequence. Meanwhile, because such activities were not covered by the agreement’s basic parameters, Tehran’s manufacturing of possibly nuclear-capable ballistic missiles has continued unabated since before it began to break apart.
Many critics of the accord saw this absence as a sign of excessive conciliatory on the part of Western negotiators, which the Iranian regime appears to be attempting to exploit with its newest requests for undeserved concessions.
The US government is banking on Russia and China
It’s perhaps ironic, though, that certain analyses of US strategy imply that the US government is banking on Russia and China – the two negotiation countries most friendly to Iran – as potential sources of pressure to persuade the regime to soften its stance. Following this week’s discussions, several US officials claimed that the uncompromising tone of the Iranian regime’s demands had “taken Russian and Chinese negotiators by surprise.”
On December 4, 2021, Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, stated:
“The mullahs’ regime has taken advantage of the appeasement policy to trap the Vienna talks in a faulty cycle of deception.” Only firmness will be able to interrupt the cycle. The six resolutions of the United Nations Security Council must be reactivated. The nuclear sites of the Iranian regime should be decommissioned, and the regime should stop enriching uranium. Inspections should be carried out anywhere and at any time.”
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