Past time for the int’l community to implement tougher policies against Iran’s regime
The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency will meet in Vienna on June 6 to discuss the IAEA Secretary-quarterly General’s report on Iran and its adherence to the UN watchdog’s safety protocols. Rafael Grossi has made several trips to Iran but has only received empty promises from a regime that continues to obstruct UN inspections by encrypting sensitive monitoring footage, prohibiting scrutiny of enigmatic military sites, and even harassing female inspectors.
Despite the IAEA ignoring its own mandatory safety concerns in order for the 2015 nuclear deal to succeed, Tehran has failed to respond to the agency’s remaining questions for nearly a decade, preventing inspections in five requested suspect locations and clearing the problematic PMD case.
Despite having one of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves, Iran claims that nuclear energy is a peaceful way to replace fossil fuels, and it has already amassed more than 43 kilograms of 60 percent enriched uranium, while occasionally sending multiple former and current officials on the record to publicly threaten that it can go beyond 90 percent if it wants to.
Reacting to reports that the IAEA BoG is planning to submit a resolution to its meeting next week, rebuking Tehran, the regime’s foreign ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, “Iran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful, and we will naturally respond firmly and appropriately to any unconstructive action by the Board of Governors,” adding that “those who view the Board of Governors and the Director-General’s report as leverage and tools of political games against Iran are responsible for the consequences.”
The Iranian regime had kept its nuclear program hidden for decades until it was exposed on August 14, 2002, by the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) network inside its most secret sites and by the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) office in Washington, DC. This regime “secured access to secret United Nations atomic agency reports almost two decades ago and circulated the documents among top officials who prepared cover stories and falsified a record to conceal suspected past work on nuclear weapons,” according to a Wall Street Journal report published on May 25.
Despite numerous incentive packages and security guarantees, Tehran has refused to abandon its nuclear program, which it has stated is a “power element,” or strategic leverage, if you will, after nearly two decades of negotiations.
The nuclear dossier has been dubious and damning, as has any other issue involving the clerical regime, and Tehran’s behavior over the last four decades demonstrates that it continues to pose a threat to regional and global peace and security.
As news reports suggest that the E3 countries, as well as the US, are preparing for a rebuke at the BoG meeting, proponents of the appeasement policy would argue, as they have for years, that a strong condemnation would prompt Supreme Leader Khamenei to leave the talks.
Given the regime’s threats to international peace and security as it continues to defy the international community, the world’s nations must ensure that those 35 governmental representatives understand their critical role in maintaining international peace and security. Even without launching a single nuclear weapon, the bloody war in Ukraine, the destruction of its cities, and the displacement of seven million people demonstrate what a nuclear-armed tyrant state can do.