Nuclear Issue

  • 2020-07-04

    In a statement on Friday, Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent the letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell to criticize the violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the UK, France and Germany.

  • 2020-07-02

    Iranian officials confirmed damage to a building built near the Natanz nuclear power plant today, saying an "accident" occurred. Israel has denied any connection to the huge explosion in the secret facility.

  • 2020-07-01

    Now that the US and its allies try to refer Iran’s case to the UN Security Council and oppose lifting sanctions under the JCPOA, it seems that Iran can take the carrot and stick approach which has been used against it for years by those countries. Talking on the IAEA Board Resolution against Iran and the country’s strategy towards it, Dr. Seyed Mohammad Marandi argued that for the stick part of the approach, Iran had to withdraw from the JCPOA and stop implementing its commitments under the deal, and for the carrot part it should adhere to the deal to some extent. 

  • 2020-06-30

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to extend an arms embargo on Iran before it expires in October, prompting Russia to slam Washington’s policy toward Tehran as like “putting a knee” to the country’s neck. […] Britain, France and Germany all expressed concern to the council that lifting the arms embargo on Iran would have major implications for regional security and stability. However, they also said they would not back U.S. efforts to unilaterally trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “The international community in general — and the U.N. Security Council in particular — are facing an important decision: Do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?”

  • 2020-06-30

    The following is the full text of Iran FM Zarif’s speech before the UNSC virtual meeting on the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the accord that the Trump administration pulled out of more than two years ago.

  • 2020-06-29

    Having forced a showdown with Iran over the issue of access to sites based upon intelligence of questionable provenance, the IAEA has once again opted to take the world to the brink of a crisis with Iran which could ultimately see that nation withdraw not only from the JCPOA, but also the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Not only would such an outcome undermine the issue of global nuclear nonproliferation, but also more than likely put Iran on a path toward the kind of decisive military confrontation that would spell ruin for the Middle East and, by extension, the entire world.

  • 2020-06-22

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran.

  • 2020-06-21

    Iranian lawmakers have, in a statement, called for a halt to the implementation of the Additional Protocol considering the failure of other JCPOA parties to implement their commitments.

  • 2020-06-19

    The resolution was passed by 25 votes in favor, two against, with seven abstentions: South Africa, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Mongolia, Azerbaijan and Niger. Russia and China, two other permanent members of the UN Security Council and signatories to the JCPOA, voted against. In a post on his Twitter account, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov called on Iran and the IAEA to settle issues pertaining to the two nuclear sites "without delay." "We believe that the resolution can be counter productive," he tweeted. The Chinese diplomatic mission to the IAEA also warned on Twitter that the resolution could have "huge implications" for the future of the JCPOA.

  • 2020-06-19

    The IAEA Board of Governors today adopted a resolution calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA's requests without further delay. (NPT refers to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons).