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Iran Refusing to Cooperate with IAEA

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3 Sep 2019
Iran Refusing to Cooperate with IAEA
Diplomatic sources told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that Iran is refusing to cooperate with an investigation by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency into its alleged storage of nuclear equipment and radioactive material in Tehran. The report contradicts repeated statements by the IAEA that Iran is fully complying with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders continued to publicly declare their unwillingness to revisit the JCPOA until all sanctions against their regime are lifted, adding threats to exercise their “right” to further violate the deal if their demands remain unmet.

"We’ve said it before time and again, and we say it again: We have no intention to hold bilateral talks with the United States," said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday Rouhani. "We never did and never will. It has been the case in the past year and a half, and even in previous years. There have been calls for talks, but we never responded to them. If the US lifts all of its sanctions against Iran, whether it returns to the JCPOA or not, it does not matter to us, but if it lifts all sanctions, it is still possible for the US to be part of the 5+1; granted that it first removes all sanctions. When we talk about negotiations, we only mean it under the situation where all sanctions have been lifted; that is, the situation we previously had under the JCPOA. Our stance is clear."

"Our progress is a testament to the fact that resisting [against pressure] works," said Rouhani. "On the other hand, an active diplomacy can pave the way for us. We have never closed the doors of diplomacy and never will do so...we don't believe that only one of these two tools should be used."

This came after Mojtaba Zonnour, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, declared on Monday that if sanctions aren’t lifted Iran “could install a new generation of centrifuges, that is IR6 and IR8…or we could increase the stockpile of our enriched uranium…In the third step, we must restore the Arak heavy water reactor to its previous design."

In related news, Iranian officials confirmed on Monday that a rocket which was being prepared to lift a satellite into space instead blew up on the launchpad at  the Imam Khomeini Space Center in the north of the country. Also on Monday, an Iranian Judo athlete who had been pressured by his coaches to to intentionally lose matches at last weeks world championships in Tokyo rather than compete against an Israeli athlete was reported to have requested political asylum in Germany.

Here is a video which gives some further insights into how Iran threatens Israel


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