New provocation of the mullahs!
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran wants to enrich uranium to a purity level of up to 20 percent and thus significantly exceed the threshold set in the international nuclear agreement of 2015!
An IAEA spokesman said on Friday that the Iranian authorities had notified the agency accordingly. A start date is not mentioned in the letter dated December 31.
The Russian representative to the IAEA, Mikhail Ulyanov, had previously reported on the Iranian enrichment plans on Twitter, citing IAEA boss Rafael Grossi. One diplomat spoke of “another blow” for the nuclear deal.
Because: With a purity of 20 percent, Iran would be on the verge of creating weapons-grade material.
The 2015 international nuclear deal aims to ensure that Iran does not acquire the capabilities to build an atomic bomb. However, US President Donald Trump (74) unilaterally terminated the agreement in May 2018 and then put new sanctions against Tehran into force. Then Iran gradually withdrew from the agreement.
According to the latest IAEA report published in November, Tehran recently enriched uranium to a degree of purity that was above the limit of the Vienna Agreement of 3.67 percent, but below the limit of 4.5 percent set by the IAEA.
The timing of the announcement is particularly explosive. A year ago, on the orders of Donald Trump, the US eliminated perhaps the most dangerous terrorist in the world – top general Qassem Soleimani, who commanded the Quds Brigades (elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards).
The rulers of the radical Shiite regime in Iran have threatened revenge in recent days. “Those who played a role in this attack and crime will not be safe on earth,” said justice chief Ebrahim Raisi on Friday.
He added in the direction of Trump: “Do not assume that someone like the American president, who has acted as a murderer or ordered murder, is safe from justice being carried out.”
There is speculation in Washington as to whether Donald Trump could still order a military strike against Iran in his final weeks in office. Presumed target: the mullahs’ nuclear facilities.
“I am very concerned that the president on his way out of the White House could impose a military operation on President-elect Joe Biden,” Tom Nichols, an international affairs expert who teaches at the US Naval War College, told US news network “CNN”.
The motif is obvious, said the expert. Biden is preparing to issue his own guidelines after his inauguration on January 20. The president-elect wants to ease Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, resume engagement and return to the Iranian nuclear deal.
All steps that the Trump administration vehemently rejects …
In fact, two American B-52 bombers had already flown over the Persian Gulf last Wednesday, according to Tehran. Washington said this was a deterrent message to Iran ahead of the first anniversary of Soleimani’s killing.
A US official told NBC News that there were increasing indications that Iran might be planning an attack on American forces or interests in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Trump had already sent a clear warning to Tehran on Twitter at Christmas: “Some friendly health advice to Iran: If an American is killed, I will hold Iran accountable. Think about it …”