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IAEA Confirms Iranian Compliance for the Fifteenth Time

Despite more than a year of U.S. violations and unjustified sanctions, Iran is still complying [1] with the nuclear deal. This is the fifteenth consecutive report from the IAEA that confirms Iranian compliance:

The U.N. atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, though its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and heavy water are growing.

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states Friday and seen by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has stayed within key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

Iran has honored its commitments under the JCPOA without interruption for more than three and a half years. In exchange, Iran’s trust was betrayed and the Iranian people have been punished with a severe sanctions regime. The nuclear deal did exactly what it was supposed to do for the P5+1, but the promised sanctions relief for Iran was slow in coming and then arbitrarily snatched away for no good reason. Iranians can be forgiven for thinking that it was a mistake to negotiate away their leverage with the U.S. and the other major powers, and that is what most Iranians now believe [2]. Iran’s continued compliance in the face of the outrageous treatment from the Trump administration has been remarkable, and all the more so when we remember that opponents of the agreement insisted that Iranian cheating was a foregone conclusion. The JCPOA is still alive, and it may survive until there is a new administration in Washington, but it won’t last much longer if the next administration does not hasten to rejoin it and lift all of the sanctions that have been imposed since May 2018.

In response to the economic war being waged against them, the Iranian government recently announced that it would not be bound by the restrictions on its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and heavy water. Daryl Kimball explains [3] the implications:

In response to U.S. moves to further tighten sanctions earlier this spring, Iran announced on May 8 that it would no longer adhere to JCPOA limits on stockpiling heavy water and low-enriched uranium. Iran also gave the other parties to the agreement (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the European Union) 60 days to help it thwart U.S. sanctions on oil sales and banking transactions, or else it will take additional measures with more significant proliferation implications.

With its existing heavy-water production and uranium-enrichment capacities, Iran could soon breach some of these limits. Any violation of JCPOA restrictions is cause for concern, but Iran’s plan to exceed the agreement’s limits on storing more than 130 metric tons of heavy water and 300 kilograms of 3.67-percent enriched uranium-235 would not pose an immediate proliferation risk. By comparison, in June 2015 Iran had a stockpile of approximately 11,500 kilograms of LEU in all forms. It takes roughly 1,050 kilograms of LEU in gas form and enriched to weapons-grade to produce a significant quantity for one bomb.

Trump administration officials are already quick to cite this [4] as their pretext for accusing Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, but their claims are false. If Iran exceeds some of these limits, it will be doing so only in response to the absurd U.S. pressure campaign and it will be taking the least provocative action possible. It is a warning to the other parties of the agreement that they have to do more to salvage the situation and provide Iran with more of the benefits it was promised. Iran’s record of consistent compliance with the deal proves that they don’t want to violate it if they don’t have to, but U.S. punitive measures are making it impossible for them not to react. If the deal is going to survive, Iran can’t be the only party to the agreement that fully honors its commitments.

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#1 Comment By Kouros On May 31, 2019 @ 11:35 am

From what I have been reading, including excerpts from JPCOA, Iran’s intention to start enrichment activities (in terms of quantity, not purity level) is within the parameters of JPCOA, which stipulates that if the other parties do not adhere to the agreement, Iran will resume enrichment activities and storage of heavy water.

Furthermore, the waivers on the companies taking from Iran the excess material has not been extended so Iran is in a catch 22 situation. To become “blameless” it would need to stop any activities related with radioactive material, which is against the NPT.

So the message out there should be more comprehensive to clearly state the malign and deviousness activities and smears that the US is attributing to Iran while wage this total economic war against this nation, which is also prohibited by UN.

So who’s really the baddie here?

#2 Comment By SteveM On May 31, 2019 @ 1:23 pm

The JCPOA is dead and the Global Cop Gorilla killed it. Any related meetings with U.S. “allies” are a meaningless kabuki dance of collaborative illusion.

Trump and his henchmen are engaged into total war tactics that span the planet. Here’s a piece on the U.S. strangulation of Syria:

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That attack on Syrian oil tankers is perversely ironic given that the U.S. looked the other way while ISIS ran oil tanker truck convoys into Turkey to pay for its operations:

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Iran, Yemen, Syria, doesn’t matter. The Gorilla will be ruthless in punishing civilian populations and tolerating jihadist cutthroats in service to its regime change objectives.

Man, this is so ugly…

#3 Comment By Sally Snyder On May 31, 2019 @ 2:52 pm

As shown in this article, there is one key reason why Washington’s sanctions against Iran have been less than successful:

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The imposition of sanctions has actually led to new alliances with Iran and its neighbours in the region.

#4 Comment By Martin On June 2, 2019 @ 9:31 am

Iran certainly has abided by its JCPOA commitments. I instinctively side with Iran against the ostensibly provocative policy of the current administration, which is putting the wishes of America’s all-powerful Israel Lobby, and those of Iran’s sworn enemy, Saudi Arabia, above all other considerations, seemingly.

However, it is clear on closer inspection that Trump is using the situation he has caused (and the lies about Iran’s intentions) that allow him to circumvent the Export Control Reform Act and get through his multi-billion dollar arms contract with the UAE. Any residual belief that he is on the point of attacking Iran is useful for extracting funds for his re-election campaign from Sheldon Adelson, but the short-term sale of arms is his immediate objective.

Is this ethical? Would Obama have done it? No, but it is standard political practice by a global hegemon, and the idea that he is doing the opposite of Obama would appeal to Trump.

If this sounds like I am finding a justification for Trump’s policies, nothing could be further from the truth. His are short-term policies for a quick profit.

The best policy towards Iran, and one that would, in the long run better serve Israel too, would not be to threaten it, which only entrenches the power of the despicable clerical bullies that seized control there in 1979, but to trade with Iran to the benefit of Iran’s middle class. Iran has a rich pre-Islamic cultural heritage, and an educated secular class that suffers under the detested theocratic bullies that set society’s limits of dress and behaviour.

The MSM photos of Iranians burning US flags and chanting ‘death to Israel’ are fake news. These incidents are staged by stooges of the regime, and western media seizes on them because they suit the media narrative of crazy Middle Easterners.

While the Mullahs want to portray themselves as leaders of the Muslim world, more concerned about the Palestinian situation than Saudis or Turks, the ordinary Iranians are western oriented and rational, and have no deep-seated animosity towards Israelis, with whom they have much in common.

An offer of normalcy of relations to the secularists and the students, combined with compensation for the 1953 CIA coup that robbed Iran of its beloved secular prime minister, Mohammed Mussadeq, would possibly spark rebellion. This is the way forward.