by: Kate Norman
Friday, 13 May 2022 | The floundering attempts to revive the nuclear deal with Iran could be dead in the water by June, as the head of the United Nation’s nuclear monitor reported this week that the Islamic regime has been holding out on information about undeclared nuclear sites in the country.
Iran has demanded that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) halt its investigation into three undeclared nuclear sites where atomic particles were found, IAEA chief Rafel Grossi told the European Union Parliament on Tuesday. The atomic particles point to undeclared nuclear material present at the sites.
The IAEA had agreed with Iran at the beginning of March on what Reuter’s called a “series of exchanges,” after which Grossi would present his conclusions to the IAEA board of governor’s meeting on June 6.
Iran’s determination to block the IAEA investigation makes the June 6 deadline seem doubtful.
“I am not trying to pass an alarmist message that we are at a dead end, but the situation does not look very good,” Grossi said to the EU Parliament on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters. “Iran has not been forthcoming in the type of information we need from them.”
In fact, the on-and-off nuclear talks held in Vienna between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 deal have been on ice since March. Tehran’s demands that the United States remove Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from its Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) is the latest sticking point.
Many experts argue that as the clock continues ticking while the talks remain stalled and Iran likely continues developing its nuclear program covertly, the Islamic regime will soon make enough progress in its nuclear development that any nuclear agreement would be a moot point.
“We are, of course, still hopeful that some agreement is going to be reached within a reasonable timeframe, although we have to recognize the fact that the window of opportunity could be closed anytime,” Grossi said.
Next week the coordinator for the EU’s nuclear talks with Iran will visit the capital of Tehran “in what he has described as the last bullet to save the deal,” Reuters reported.
Posted on May 13, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 13, 2022)
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