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Iran Regime’s Nuclear Deadlock: World Community’s Obligations

IAEA new report adds to Iran's international isolation . Yet, the world should act to prevent the regime from obtaining a nuclear bomb.
Iran’s nuclear plant

The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) points out the Iranian regime is breaching its commitments under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers. This adds to the mullahs’ international isolation and problem. Yet, the world community should act to prevent the regime from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

“Iran has let the U.N. nuclear watchdog inspect one of the two sites it agreed last week to grant access to after a protracted standoff, while Tehran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has risen further, quarterly reports by the agency said on Friday,” Reuters reported.

The IAEA report once again underlines the military nature of the regime’s nuclear program. Although the Iranian Resistance had revealed the mullahs are racing toward an atomic bomb, Western governments for years ignored the military dimensions of the regime’s nuclear program due to the appeasement policy.

The international community faced a new challenge when in 2002 the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), based on the reports obtained by the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Iran, revealed the regime was actively seeking to produce a nuclear bomb.

In 2011, the IAEA put 11 questions on Tehran’s table regarding its nuclear activities and its military dimensions. Yet, the appeasement policy helped the regime to buy time and continue its nuclear activities. Meanwhile, the Iranian Resistance, with its revelations, compelled the international community to take the regime’s nuclear activity more seriously.

When in 2015 the Iranian regime signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with world powers, due to the appeasement policy the mullahs once again were able to avoid answering questions about the military dimensions of their nuclear program. When in 2019 the IAEA demanded an investigation of two concerned sites, the regime reacted, saying the case was closed during the JCPOA negotiations. In response, Rafael Grossi, the new IAEA chief said inspecting nuclear sites has nothing to do with the JCPOA, and the IAEA mandate is to watch and make sure that countries are not secretly seeking nuclear bombs.

In addition, on June 19, 2020, Reuters reported: “The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation Board of Governors called on Iran on Friday to stop denying the agency access to two suspected former sites and to cooperate fully with it, diplomats attending the meeting said.” The resolution called on “Iran to fully cooperate with the Agency and satisfy the Agency’s requests without any further delay, including by providing prompt access to the locations specified by the Agency.” This is the first such resolution by the IAEA Board of Governors in the past eight years.

Now the IAEA, in addition to its previous questions about the military dimensions of Tehran’s nuclear program, seeks to inspect the two following sites:

The site where hexafluoride was produced and the neutron source experiments used to make the detonator of atomic bombs. This site was destroyed by the regime in 2004 to wipe the evidence of its crime.

A site called the Marivan Project, which is located near Abadeh, where several explosive experiments have been carried out. This place was also destroyed by the regime in 2019.

Now the Iranian regime has accepted to allow the IAEA to inspect these sites.

Clearly, the Iranian regime will try to buy time to obtain a nuclear bomb. As has been proven in the past, the mullahs have never given up their pursuit of a nuclear bomb and weapons of mass destruction. The international community, and the IAEA, must, therefore, insist on the immediate and unconditional inspection of all suspect sites to counter the deception by the regime.

All the while, the Iranian regime’s increasing international isolation, and the IAEA’s new report, along with mullahs attempts to obtain a nuclear bomb by breaching their commitments under the terms of the JCPOA, show the regime’s absolute deadlock.

But how?

Facing a restive society that has erupted three times in two years and has shaken the regime’s foundations, the Iranian regime tries to prolong its life by obtaining a nuclear bomb. Therefore, it is hard for Tehran to fully comply with the IAEA. In addition, its lack of cooperation will result in the “snapback mechanism,” and all six previous UN Security Council resolutions will be reimposed.

Now as the NCRI’s president-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, had previously said: “Activating the trigger mechanism, reinstating six Security Council resolutions, completely halting enrichment, closing the nuclear sites, and anywhere, anytime inspections are imperative in preventing Iran’s ruling religious fascism to acquire the atomic bomb.”