Saudi Arabia: Iran Practicing “Nuclear Blackmail”


What did Saudi Arabia rely on in accusing Iran of practicing international blackmail?

Reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency on undeclared sites.

What did Saudi Arabia ask of Iran?

Full cooperation with the agency in order to fulfill its requests and answer its inquiries.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accused Iran of practicing “nuclear blackmail” and continuing to pave the way for acquiring a nuclear weapon, calling on the international community to take a firm stand with Tehran.

This came in the speech of the Saudi ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, before the agency’s board of governors, on Thursday, according to the local newspaper Okaz.

The Saudi ambassador said: “The director general’s reports show the Iranian intransigence in dealing with the agency’s demands regarding undeclared sites during the past year and a half,” indicating that Iran continues to “provide unsatisfactory responses that have no technical credibility.”

He pointed out that “the draft resolution adopted in the June 2020 session, in which the council called on Iran to fully cooperate with the agency, after Iran claimed that there are no reliable evidence and logical and legal reasons for Iran to meet these requests.”

He added that “the emergence of the results of the samples of the two sites clarifies to everyone Iran’s motives for this abstention, which confirms Iran’s continuation of its policy of disinformation, and reinforces doubts about what it is seeking to reach with regard to its nuclear program.”

Bin Sultan added, “The Kingdom calls on Iran to fully cooperate with the agency in order to fulfill its requests and answer the inquiries submitted to it without further delay and procrastination, especially in light of the presence of evidence that reinforces doubts about its intentions regarding its nuclear program.”

The Kingdom’s ambassador denounced “Iran’s series of violations and violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran’s expansion of its nuclear capabilities and its development (…) and consequently Iran continues to follow the same policy based on the threat and blackmail of the international community, as it found in the nuclear agreement from the outset shortcomings that it exploits. “.

He also stressed “the importance of a comprehensive nuclear agreement that covers all the shortcomings of the current agreement, which guarantees preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in any form and developing means of delivery.”

He said, “Iran, apparently, believes in a policy of nuclear blackmail, and this is clearly reflected in their public statements, and they are continuing to pave the way for acquiring nuclear weapons, which is the intention of the Iranians behind this agreement from the beginning, which represents a real risk of spread in the region.”

He warned, saying that if “it is not contained (the Iranian nuclear program) in a decisive manner, it will lead to instability in the region and the world as a whole,” calling on the international community to “take a firm stand to stop the practice of blackmail and provocation.”

“The responsibility to maintain the safeguards system that has been at stake rests with the member states of the Board of Governors,” he stressed.

Iran had taken new steps on the road to disengaging from the nuclear agreement, including moving to the level of uranium enrichment by 20%.

It has also begun to reduce the work of IAEA inspectors, based on a decision by the Iranian Shura Council (parliament), which requested to do so unless the US sanctions are lifted within a deadline of February 21.

It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia is demanding that it be part of any possible negotiations between the US administration and Iran regarding the nuclear deal.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said earlier: “The Kingdom seeks to enter into a partnership with Washington on a possible new agreement with Iran, to limit nuclear activities, and to counter its malign actions in the region,” as he put it.


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