Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Khamenei: We are determined to possess nuclear capabilities


Earlier on Monday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the United States would seek to strengthen and extend the agreement between world powers and Iran, which aims to limit its nuclear program.

But Khamenei’s statements to raise uranium enrichment to 60 percent and double the maximum stipulated in the nuclear agreement (3.6 percent) by 20 times, in addition to Iran’s beginning to enrich uranium metal, which is used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons, in practice means that the Islamic Republic has put the nuclear agreement behind its back and will continue to enrich for purposes Military.

The international community is concerned about Iran’s ability to acquire nuclear weapons that pose a real threat to security and stability, especially since Iran has precedents in carrying out terrorist attacks and attacks in various regions of the Middle East, and it is widely accused of fueling unrest in the region by moving its arms on more than one front.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Sunday that it had reached an agreement with Iran to ease the impact of the steps that Tehran intends to take this week, which include ending the surprise inspections, as the two sides agreed to keep the “necessary” monitoring for a period of up to three months.

Iran is gradually violating the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal with the major powers, since the United States withdrew from it under former President Donald Trump in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. The agreement aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons which Tehran says it has never attempted to produce.

Under the agreement, Iran agreed to implement an additional protocol allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct surprise inspections at undisclosed sites.

But in order to pressure the new US president, Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament enacted a law last year requiring the government to end the implementation of the additional protocol from tomorrow, Tuesday, unless US sanctions are lifted.

To give diplomacy an opportunity, the UN agency reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday to limit the impact of reducing its cooperation with the agency and its refusal to allow surprise inspections.

Iranian authorities said that although the new agreement will keep the number of international inspectors the same, Tehran will withhold images captured by surveillance cameras in some of its facilities from the agency for the time being.

Iran has not identified any cameras at any facilities, but the Additional Protocol generally broadens the agency’s surveillance to include activities such as uranium mining.

“If the United States lifted sanctions within the three-month period, Iran would allow to share the data with the agency,” Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the agency, wrote on Twitter. “If not, Tehran will destroy the data forever.”

But a number of prominent Iranian parliamentarians criticized the agreement and accused the government of circumventing the law. The agency said in a statement on Sunday that it “will continue to carry out the necessary monitoring and verification activities for a period of three months.”

Hard-liner pressure in parliament appears to have pushed the Iranian government to backtrack on its agreement with the IAEA, after the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Iran would continue to implement its basic commitment to the agency under the nuclear agreement that allows monitoring of its declared nuclear facilities, the semi-official Tasnim agency reported that the Iranian authorities had ended work. The additional protocol that allows the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out surprise inspections at undisclosed locations of the agency at 20:30 GMT.

“As of midnight tonight (20:30 GMT), we will have no obligations except for safety measures. The necessary orders have been issued for the nuclear facilities,” Tasnim quoted Gharib Abadi as saying.



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