In a recent announcement, the Iranian regime has admitted that is considering building a new ‘research reactor’ at its nuclear site in Isfahan Province, with construction expected to start in the coming weeks.
While quoting the regime’s head of Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Eslami in their latest publication, the state-new run news agency ISNA wrote, “This is an entirely domestic project that will close the chain of research, evaluation, testing, and production of nuclear energy in Iran.”
This is a clear fact that the regime intends to violate the context of the JCPOA. While the regime has constantly claimed that their nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, they have been enriching uranium to up to 60 percent purity, which is merely a watershed for purifying it up to 90 percent in a technical short step to weapons-grade uranium.
While expressing its concern about the regime’s nuclear progress, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that most of the regime’s enriched uranium is being transported to Isfahan’s Atomic Center. Therefore, there is a right to be concerned and sound the alarms about the regime’s ambitions to build a new site in Isfahan, even under the pretext of research.
It should be noted that according to the regime’s Fars news agency, as reported on July 26, the regime collected and wrapped cameras that were being monitored by the IAEA, the United Nations atomic watchdog.
The IAEA has warned many times that the regime is inching ever closer to producing a nuclear bomb, but the Western countries, especially the US government, continue to ignore such warnings. The only thing that Western governments have done in regards to controlling the regime’s malign activities is to continue sticking with their weak negotiating progress, which is on the cusp of a devastating failure for both the Middle East’s trembling security situation and global security.
This genuine concern, and the subsequent warnings, are not based on meaningless speculations, but on real facts of the regime’s violations of the JCPOA, which started soon after the initial agreement was made in 2015.
One year into the nuclear deal, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal office for the Protection of the Constitution, revealed that the regime has pursued a ‘clandestine’ path to obtaining illicit nuclear technology and equipment from German companies. At the time, Germany’s then-Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the regime’s actions, showing the fragility of the JCPOA from the offset.
In January 2019, the regime’s then-head of Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi explained how the regime used deceptive measures to mislead the international community, saying, “For three years we have been saying we did not pour cement into the Arak heavy water reactor. If we had the Arak reactor would be destroyed.”
In response to a question from the regime’s TV moderator in regards to the pouring of cement in the nuclear pipes, Salehi added, “not the pipes you see here. We had purchased similar pipes, but I couldn’t announce it at that time. Only one person knows so in Iran, the highest senior official.”
He continued, “No one else knew. When our friends were negotiating, we knew that they would go back on their words one day. [Khamenei] has said be careful, they do not keep their promises. We needed to be smart. In addition, to not destroy the bridges behind us, we needed to also be building bridges, so that if we needed to return, we could return faster.”
On September 4, 2015, the National Council Resistance of Iran (NCRI) announced that “Tehran is working with North Korean experts to deceive the United Nations nuclear inspectors who are visiting suspected Iranian sites. According to the statement, the Iranian regime has been working for some time to find ways to hide the military dimension of its nuclear projects from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seeking Pyongyang’s advice. Several North Korean officials have set up workshops in Tehran and have remained there even after the signing of the nuclear deal.”
Two days earlier, the NCRI disclosed that the Iranian regime’s secret committee had deceived the IAEA on PMD Probe. The Iranian Resistance examined an example of the regime’s deceptive plans in response to the IAEA, citing the regime’s scheme to address the so-called EBW detonators, by trying to pretend the explosive detonators were intended for the oil and gas industry.
These are just a few facts about the regime’s acts of cheating after signing the agreement. It is not just the weak agreement and appeasement policies with the regime that have put the international community in danger. Following the inception of the agreement, Lebanon has since become a more comfortable home for the terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is now armed to the teeth by the regime and has been instrumental in preventing the formation of any government in Lebanon in favor of the Iranian regime.
Thanks to the agreement, the regime was able to take the upper hand in Syria’s war, which has since displaced more than 6 million people inside the country and caused more than 5 million to seek refuge abroad.
With help of this war, the regime exported its terror activities to European soil under the pretext of refugees. The Iranian Quds Force is known to have conducted many covert assassination operations in the heart of Europe. The case of the regime’s diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi, who tried to bomb the NCRI’s annual gathering in France in 2018, is at the heart of the regime’s terrorist network in Europe.
The regime has also expanded its support of the Taliban in Afghanistan, preventing the formation of any government and as a result, the country has now been pushed back into its turbulent past. In Iraq, the regime sponsored its militias, the famous Hashd al-Shaabî, and others, to infiltrate and undermine the Iraqi Security Forces to jeopardize Iraq’s sovereignty. Just like Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, Iraq greatly lacks a competent government.
The same case goes for Yemen. The regime’s support for the Houthis has destabilized many countries in the Middle East and the terrorist group continues to starve the Yemeni people and hold them under the threat of terror. The list of the regime’s malign activities is long, and these examples are just a snippet of their misdeeds.
The regime’s assets unfrozen by the JCPOA have provided the ground for such destruction. What we have not mentioned is the ongoing increase in the regime’s repression of Iran’s people, because the JCPOA does not include the regime’s human rights violations. Therefore, any new deal or the reviving of the 2015 deal will only worsen the situation and set up a more hostile regime in the future.