Iran’s regime ramps up production of weapons-grade nuclear material

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 18, 2021—The Iranian regime continues to produce material that can be used in nuclear bombs, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations. The IAEA released the findings in a report published on Tuesday, and it shows that the Iranian regime is making alarming advances in its nuclear ambitions.

In the report, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said that his inspectors had confirmed that Tehran has produced 200 grams of uranium metal enriched up to 20 percent.

In February, IAEA inspectors confirmed that the regime had produced 3.6 grams of uranium metal at the Isfahan nuclear plant. The regime claims that it needs highly enriched uranium for civilian purposes. But the European members of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), expressed “grave concern” over the production of uranium metal and say that Tehran has no civilian need for it. They described the move as a “key step in the development of a nuclear weapon.”

The JCPOA explicitly prohibits the Iranian regime from producing weapons-grade highly enriched uranium.

World powers have been negotiating with the regime over its nuclear program in the past few months. But so far, no progress has been made. The last round ended in June.

In June, during the convention of the IAEA board of governors, Grossi warned, “The lack of progress in clarifying the agency’s questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations seriously affects the ability of the IAEA to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Grossi expressed alarm that after many months, the Iranian regime has not provided the necessary explanation for the presence of the nuclear material particles at any of the three locations where the agency has conducted complementary accesses.

At the time, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, ““It remains unclear whether Iran is willing and prepared to do what it needs to do come back into compliance. Meanwhile, its program is galloping forward…. The longer this goes on, the more the breakout time gets down… it’s now down, by public reports, to a few months at best. And if this continues, it will get down to a matter of weeks.”

And now, this new report further shows the regime is defying the international community and global peace and security by ramping up its nuclear activities.

Following the latest IAEA report on the increase in uranium metal production, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the move was “unconstructive and inconsistent with a return to mutual compliance.”

“Iran has no credible need to produce uranium metal, which has direct relevance to nuclear weapons development,” he said in a statement. “Such escalations will not provide Iran negotiating leverage in any renewed talks on a mutual return to JCPOA compliance and will only lead to Iran’s further isolation.”

In July, speaking at the Free Iran World Summit, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), warned about any concessions to the Iranian regime on its nuclear program.

“While the regime has been hiding its nuclear program by deceiving the world, the international community has been trying to stop or curb this project by granting concessions or by showing complacency,” Mrs. Rajavi said and emphasized that “any agreement that does not completely close down the regime’s bomb-making, enrichment and nuclear facilities is unacceptable. And the Iranian people will not accept it.”

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