Western Powers must put an end to Iran’s Nuclear Blackmail Campaign
The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expressed concern on Tuesday about the Iranian regime’s nuclear activities and cover-up. According to Reuters, the regime is “dragging its feet on information about uranium particles found at old undeclared sites in the country,” according to Rafael Grossi.”Grossi said he remained extremely concerned about the situation and had told Iran that he found it difficult to imagine the nuclear deal being finalized if the IAEA had serious doubts about things, it should have known about,” according to Reuters.
Grossi has visited Iran several times, most recently in March, when he signed a three-month agreement with his Iranian counterparts. Unsurprisingly, the regime did not follow through on its promises.
His comments coincide with the recent visit to Tehran by Enrique Mora, the EU’s envoy to the Vienna nuclear talks. Mora’s visit has been described as the EU’s last-ditch effort to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed in 2015.
Grossi’s dissatisfaction with the Iranian regime’s cover-up of its nuclear activities confirms that Western powers’ futile attempt to resurrect the nuclear deal with Iran cannot and will not stop Tehran from pursuing nuclear weapons. The agreement was signed in 2015, with Western powers assuring the international community that they had significantly reduced Tehran’s nuclear capabilities, delaying Tehran’s ability to produce an atomic bomb.
This claim was debunked by Tehran’s unexpected and swift actions in breaching its JCPOA commitments, including the enrichment and stockpiling of uranium at levels far exceeding those permitted by the agreement.
The European powers, as well as the new US administration, have attempted to revive the deal by making various concessions to Iran’s ruling theocracy. In January 2022, The Spectator reported that the US presented a proposal “so generous that the Iranians had to rub their eyes to believe it.”
The regime’s negotiators, on the other hand, pushed for more once they caught their breath and sensed weakness. Tehran even demanded that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) be removed from the US Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. This demand sparked outrage in the United States and ultimately stalled the talks, as Washington has been hesitant to meet the regime’s demand due to congressional pressure.
The Vienna talks have been deadlocked for months, and the regime has been playing world powers while enriching uranium. It has also leaned on its “Eastern” allies, Russia and China, and taken advantage of the West’s sluggish response to demands for more concessions.
Many western diplomats now believe there is little chance of saving the 2015 agreement. “It was never certain, it was never clear to us whether we’d be able to achieve a mutual return to [JCPOA] compliance, so we’ve always been engaged in contingency planning with our partners,” said the US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday.
So, why are western powers still pushing for a deal? It’s possible that it’s due to their misunderstanding of Tehran’s intentions and actions.
They need to understand that the Iranian regime is not acting from a position of strength. Since 2018, there have been at least 12 major protests in Iran, with people calling for the overthrow of the mullahs. The Iranian economy is in shambles. Inflation is hovering around 50%, the majority of Iranians are poor, and the unemployment rate is skyrocketing. The regime is sitting on a hot stove. The most visible manifestation of a volatile society is daily protests by people from all walks of life. The regime has made obtaining a nuclear weapon and imposing its rule on both Iranians and world powers a priority. Negotiations will only buy Tehran more time and allow it to get closer to a nuclear weapon.
Tehran’s mullahs only understand firmness. They’re on thin ice, as the regime’s state media and officials continue to warn of impending uprisings that will be far more widespread and violent than before.