Following the tensions over Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the U.S. government refused to give in to the Iranian regime's blackmailing campaign via restarting its nuclear activities.
Europeans, on the other hand, offered Iran’s regime a $15-billion credit, which U.S rapidly dismissed. According to a New York Times report on Wednesday, September 4, the U.S. “imposed sanctions on an elaborate shipping network that Iran uses to sell oil, and unveiled a $15 million reward to anyone with information that disrupts the scheme.”
Iran’s regime, completely blocked, took the so-called the “Third step” in breaching the nuclear deal.
On September 4, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani called this decision “the most important one [step] we will take, and its impact will be extraordinary.” In addition, Reuters reported, quoting Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), that “If Iran decides, it can have 20% enriched fuel within one to two days.”
These reactions are part of the regime’s blackmailing campaign that has failed because of the U.S. maximum pressure policy. In this regard, on September 4, Morgan Ortagus, the U.S. State Department’s spokesperson tweeted, “Having failed at piracy, Iran resorts to outright blackmail – deliver us $15 billion or we will further our nuclear developments. Sounds very similar to the threats Iran made a couple months back. It is becoming a pattern”
As Iran analysts say, regime’s threats are nothing but some desperate reaction. Any concession will embolden this regime and firmness prevents it from obtaining nuclear bombs.