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By Mehdi

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is concerned about the “minimal” budget allocated to the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Officials at AEOI have criticized the government over the low budget allocation, saying that it endangers the future of the nuclear reactor.

Iranian Leader Confesses to Knowledge Necessary to Produce Nuclear Bomb

By Pooya Stone

In a speech in Mashhad, Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday Prayer leader, member of the Assembly of Experts, and member of Supreme Leader Khamenei’s inner circle, admitted, "We have the formula for building an atomic bomb.” He made this announcement during a mourning ceremony according to state run IRNA news agency, on February 9th, 2019. He added, "We consider nuclear energy to be vital to us.” Khatami also said, “Iran never had the intention to build an atomic bomb. Of course, we have the formula but we do not want to use weapons of mass destruction.”

Iran Nuclear Head Brags About Violating JCPOA

By Pooya Stone

The head of Iran’s Atomic Agency has bragged about violating the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, by never fully dismantling their nuclear sites.

Ali Akbar Salehi told state news agency IRNA on Wednesday that the country had not filled its reactor with cement, but had instead only destroyed the tubes that the fuel goes through, having already bought replacement tubes that they hid from the West.

EU's SPV for Iran: Failed Already?

By Jubin Katiraie

The EU announced the establishment of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to handle trade between EU countries and the Iranian regime on January 31, but this received significantly less positive media attention than some of its defenders would have liked. In fact, many in the media questioned why INSTEX was even created and what good it would do. This is far from the miracle cure that Iran was hoping for and more akin to putting a band-aid on a bullet hole.

Why was INSTEX created?

Iran's Plans to Enhance Enrichment

By Jubin Katiraie

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), or 2015 Iran nuclear deal as it is commonly known, has been in place for three years now. The aim of the deal was to curb the nuclear threat from Iran, but it has ended up being one of the most controversial deals ever negotiated in recent years.

Even during the negotiations, there were those that were strongly for it, and those that were strongly against it. Obama argued that it was absolutely essential to have this deal in place and he promised that it would lead to the belligerent Iranian regime becoming more moderate.

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