Following a recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that revealed Tehran’s secrecy over hoarding low-enriched uranium, Iranian authorities banned inspectors from further supervision. According to IAEA, the Iranian government has stockpiled more than 12 times the amount of uranium allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Iran continues to increase its stockpile of low-enriched uranium far beyond the limits set in a landmark nuclear deal with world powers and to enrich it to greater purity than permitted,” the UN’s atomic watchdog agency said on November 11.
For years, the world’s major powers hoped to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions by giving it lavish privileges and sanctions relief. In contrast, the ayatollahs not only did not stop their nuclear bomb-making projects but also expanded their activities and constructed new sites, according to dissidents.
In this respect, on October 17, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) U.S. Representative Office exposed two secret Iranian nuclear sites that had been kept away from the UN nuclear watchdog’s eyes. The NCRI’s revelation sounded alarm bells about the military aspects of the ayatollahs’ nuclear programs.
“Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (Sazman-e Pazhouheshhaye Novin-e Defa’i), known by its Persian acronym SPND, is the institution within the Ministry of Defense pursuing this project. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps heavily control the Ministry of Defense (IRGC),” NCRI Deputy Representative in the U.S. Alireza Jafarzadeh said.
He provided further details over the IRGC’s role in nuclear projects. Jafarzadeh also explained how the ayatollahs used the JCPOA incentives to expand their nuclear programs, as well as their terrorist activities abroad.
The Iranian government renewed skepticism about their nuclear activities by limiting international inspectors’ access to contested sites. Chair of the Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mojtaba Zonnour announced the government’s new decision.
“The Islamic Republic will continue to reduce the access granted to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with performing oversight on Iran’s contested nuclear sites,” Zonnour said on November 11.
Therefore, because of severe limitations applied by Tehran, the agency can no longer perform supervisory actions and keep tabs on Iran’s nuclear advancements. All the while, the JCPOA architects believed that they would fulfill “unprecedented verifications” that have never been performed in history.
The fact that the Iranian government keeps increasing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium with higher purity than allowed in spite of elusive talking points, trying to loosen sanctions against the ayatollahs’ adventure. Up to now, Tehran’s lobbies severely endeavor to incite the upcoming U.S. administration—either Democrat or Republican—to re-engage in negotiations with Tehran. However, the ayatollahs’ illegal stockpiling of low-enriched uranium proved that the problem has laid in Iranian leaders’ ominous intuitions, not in foreign governments.