“On 25 September 2019, the Agency verified that all of the (centrifuge) cascades already installed in R&D lines 2 and 3 were accumulating, or had been prepared to accumulate, enriched uranium,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in the report to member states obtained by Reuters.
This is another blow to the landmark deal with major world powers and clear violation of JCPOA by the Iranian regime.
President Trump announced last May that the United States would be pulling out of the nuclear deal that is weak and counter-productive. He said that the nuclear agreement, instead of neutralising the threat of a nuclear Iran, actually pushes the Iranian regime closer to being nuclear armed.
He also said that the deal, the “worst in history” as he described it, does not address many issues such as the regime’s belligerence and warmongering in the region and further beyond.
So far, the Iranian regime has resisted entering into talks with the United States. In fact, several senior officials in Tehran have said that there will be no talks or negotiations until all of the sanctions have been lifted. All the while, it is continuing to breach the nuclear agreement.
The nuclear watchdog provided the member states with a report detailing the latest breach by Iran. It is thought that there is substantial illicit activity at Iran’s enrichment facility in Natanz.
According to the terms of the nuclear deal, Iran is limited to the amount of enriched uranium it can stock. The regime, however, is permitted to use a few advanced centrifuges for research purposes, but it is forbidden for it to produce enriched uranium with these units. Earlier this month, the IAEA said that Iran has been using the advanced centrifuges to produce enriched uranium.
Iran has always denied that it has been, or is, on the quest for a nuclear weapon. It maintains that it is enriching uranium solely for civilian purposes, but many are sceptical. Especially given the regime’s history of deception, and numerous revelation of the Iranian resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has proved this claim.
Although the latest expansion of enriched uranium does not massively impact Iran’s breakout time, at least not for now, it does make it very difficult for the signatories of the JCPOA to save the deal.
Of the remaining signatories, France has encouraged Iran to move towards negotiations with the United States.
President Trump, also at the UN General Assembly, said that he is still willing to meet with Rouhani, but he said that the United States will not be lifting sanctions or easing any economic pressure for as long as its “menacing behaviour continues”.