Nuclear Issue

  • 2020-07-15

    Sabotage attacks can at best delay—but not halt—Iran’s nuclear program. Worse, they could tip the political balance in favor of going for broke. The US intelligence community judges that whether or not Iran acquires a nuclear weapon is a matter of political will. If anything, it would seem Iran’s will is growing. Natanz is a declared site that is subject to frequent IAEA inspections. The destruction of the advanced centrifuge assembly workshop may tarnish Iran’s trust for inspections and push it to harden its sensitive sites or advance its nuclear program covertly. Acts of sabotage jeopardize transparency—and the prospect of keeping the nuclear deal alive and improving upon it in any future nuclear agreement. Seeking short-term tactical gains that undermine trust and hinder the long-term strategic goal of containing Iran’s nuclear program is dangerous and shortsighted.  Diplomacy is the best sustainable and effective means of reaching a solution.

  • 2020-07-14

    I firmly believe that the JCPOA has become a key component of the global non-proliferation architecture, which is why I continue to call for all parties to remain committed to its full implementation. Iran, for its part, must return to full compliance with its nuclear obligations; but it also needs to be able to reap the economic benefits envisioned in the agreement. Having already established measures to protect our companies against extraterritorial US sanctions, we in Europe can do more to satisfy Iranian expectations for legitimate trade. 

  • 2020-07-14

    China’s Ambassador to Iran Chang Hua described the JCPOA as “an important positive factor in maintaining regional and global peace and stability” and urged the international community to oppose US unilateralism and its attempts to extend or reinstate sanctions against Iran.

  • 2020-07-11

    The Iranian parliament has prepared a plan to stop the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT in Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tasnim reported on Saturday. “This plan has been prepared in the format of urgency based on which voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol will be stopped and the government is obliged to observe it,” said Abbas Moghtadaei, the deputy chairman of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee. Moghtadaei said that the plan has been drawn up in response to the United States and Europe’s excessive demands. Iran’s parliament issued a statement in June strongly condemning an anti-Iran resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors, asking the government to stop implementing the Additional Protocol, which allows surprise inspections of nuclear sites.

  • 2020-07-09

    If the event was associated with a natural gas line explosion, then the possibilities for causation have expanded from our earlier analysis to include: Purely accidental; An explosive device was planted that triggered an explosion and fire; or Some cyber-based attack could have led to a leak that later ignited.

  • 2020-07-08

    The centrifuge assembly building was reportedly intended to mass produce IR-2m, IR-4, and IR-6 centrifuges. Mass production translates to the combined production of thousands of such centrifuges per year. Although the explosion and fire at the Iran Centrifuge Assembly Center does not eliminate Iran’s ability to deploy advanced centrifuges, such as the IR-2m’s, its destruction must be viewed as a major setback to Iran’s ability to deploy advanced centrifuges on a mass scale for years to come.

  • 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

    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.

  • 2020-06-22

    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.

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