In the past year, the topics of the 2015 nuclear deal and nuclear negotiations between the European member states of the agreement and the Iranian regime have been thrown back and forth with no clear decisions made as to whether the regime will re-join official discussions.

With the inauguration of the new administration in the United States earlier this year, the regime hoped that the sanctions placed on them by the U.S. would soon be lifted, and they began to demand them to be lifted immediately.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “When Ebrahim Raisi became president, the regime left the talks. However, under escalating international pressures, it has stated its willingness to re-join the Vienna talks in late November. Now the question is, why is the regime resorting to such maneuvers, and what are its objectives?”

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee acknowledged that the regime’s sudden change of decision is due to their need to buy time to continue developing their nuclear weapons.

As the major uprisings in recent years almost destroyed the regime, in fear, supreme leader Ali Khamenei decided to consolidate power within the regime to prevent further social unrest, and pave the way to develop Iran’s nuclear weapon program.

The NCRI said, “Obtaining the bomb is an instrument to advance its regional meddling, terrorism, and warmongering. It was in this context that since 2019 Khamenei has sought to consolidate power and bring to power what he described as a ‘Hezbollahi’ government.”

Mohaddessin expressed that in Khamenei’s eyes, the Iranian people are the biggest threat to the regime, therefore the decision to select Raisi as Iran’s president, considering his brutal crimes against humanity, is ‘a declaration of war against the Iranian people’.

When questioned as to what the options are for the international community to prevent Tehran from obtaining a bomb, Mohaddessin said, “If you look at the developments of the past 30 years, you will see that the regime has, at every single step, resorted to deception and clandestine activities in order to get its hands on the bomb.”

To this day, the regime continues to violate its JCPOA commitments and deceive Western countries while pushing forward with their nuclear activities. Despite this, Western powers continue to give concessions and resources to the regime and have allowed them to pursue their agenda unquestioned. It is unlikely that Khamenei will ever abandon his plans to obtain a bomb and other weapons of mass destruction.

Any future agreements or promises from the regime to reduce its nuclear activities would be a complete lie. Their lack of transparency was apparent this year when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found uranium particles at three undeclared nuclear sites in Iran. Only after these sites had been cleaned and evidence had been destroyed were official IAEA visits permitted.

The new head of the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami recently stated that the regime has now produced over 120kg of 20% purity enriched uranium. This production of uranium metal is a clear step towards the development of nuclear weapons.

Mohaddessin said, “As the President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, underscored the day after the signing of the JCPOA, the only option for preventing the clerical regime from obtaining a nuclear weapon is to re-impose the six UN Security Council resolutions and adopt a firm and decisive policy against the regime.”