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The West and Iran’s Regime Nuclear Extortion

Iran: Nuclear facilities
Iran: Nuclear facilities

Iranian regime announced its plan to further breach its commitments under Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. This provocative step is in line with the regime’s nuclear extortion campaign. 

According to Reuters, the regime on Monday said: “it will block snap inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog from next week if other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal do not uphold their obligations.” 

In 2015, world powers signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the Iranian regime to somehow prevent the regime from obtaining a nuclear bomb. 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stated in July 2015 that “Had the P5+1 been more decisive, the Iranian regime would have had no choice but to fully retreat from and permanently abandon its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. Specifically, it would have been compelled to halt all uranium enrichment and completely shut down its bomb-making projects.” 

Yet, due to the lack of decisive action from the world powers, and the JCPOA’s loopholes, the regime secretly continued its nuclear program. 

The NCRI, which was the first party to reveal the regime’s nuclear weapons program, revealed in 2015 that despite formally signing the JCPOA, the regime never abided by its obligations under the deal’s terms. In April 2017, the NCRI-US Representative Office revealed the continuation of the regime’s nuclear activities in a center known as Research Academy in the Parchin complex southeast of Tehran. 

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Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, on June 19, said that the mullahs’ regime “has never given up the project to acquire an atomic bomb and continues the deception and concealment. The regime uses all the facilities and concessions that the nuclear deal has given to pursue terrorism, foreign warfare, and domestic repression.” 

In an interview with Fars News Agency on April 5, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization, said: “Nuclear activities, as well as research and development on the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium conversion, and enrichment (including its production and storage), are being carried out without any restrictions.  Enriched uranium production and stockpile are now as high as pre -JCPOA period, heavy water storage is being carried out without any restrictions the process of building the Arak heavy water research reactor (new design) is advancing in cooperation with foreign parties and the use of related equipment.” 

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In 2018, the United States withdrew from the JCPOA, citing the regime’s malign activities and the deal’s shortcomings in addressing Iran’s other destructive actions, such as terrorism and regional adventurism. 

Crushed under international sanctions, the regime resorted to a nuclear extortion campaign by gradually reducing its commitments under the terms of the JCPOA. Instead of taking firm action against the regime’s nuclear extortion, European powers rushed to the aid of Iran’s ruling theocracy. This weak reaction, which was part of Europe’s appeasement policy toward the regime, has further encouraged the regime to continue its blackmailing campaign. 

The regime has increased its provocative measures since the new U.S. administration took power, hoping that President Biden’s administration would renter the deal and help the regime. 

The regime and its apologists try to force the international community to continue providing the regime with incentive packages and turn a blind eye on the regime’s race toward an atomic bomb. 

The western powers should not allow the regime to continue its nuclear extortion campaign and should take a firm stance against the regime’s terrorism and nuclear extortion.