Surprising “Brussels” visit… Indications of Iran’s “procrastination” to accelerate its nuclear program

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Vienna negotiations have stalled since conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran’s president, and although Tehran said it was ready to resume talks soon, it has avoided picking an actual date, while Western officials are increasingly concerned about Iran’s nuclear activities.

Washington has called on Iran to resume negotiations in Vienna to ensure a return to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, while Tehran is calling for the easing of sanctions imposed on it.

On Monday, State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that the United States supports a joint return to compliance with the nuclear deal.

He added, “Together with our allies, Five Plus One, we believe that negotiations should resume as quickly as possible, in terms of where we left the sixth round, and we were clear about this, and our partners agree with us on that.”

Energy experts indicated that Iran may be able to produce highly enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb, within one month, while Israel is urging behind the scenes the administration of US President Joe Biden to formulate alternative plan To prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed country.

وخلص a report Last September, the Institute for Science and International Security reported that Iran’s summer enrichment of uranium with a purity of 60 percent had a significant effect, making it able to produce one bomb fuel “within one month.” While it can “produce the second weapon fuel in less than three months, and the third in less than five months.”

“Fuel for one bomb in just a month”… Shocking figures reveal Iran’s nuclear activities

Experts say Iran is about “a month” away from having enough material to fuel a single nuclear weapon, according to a report by the New York Times.

Some EU officials remain perplexed by the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman’s announcement earlier this week that the country’s chief nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, will on Thursday travel to Brussels for substantive nuclear talks.

Although the spokeswoman for the European Union’s foreign minister, Nabila Masrali, announced that “no meeting with the Iranians is expected Thursday in Brussels,” the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, expressed, on Monday, his hope that diplomats would meet Europeans and Iran soon, to try to revive the nuclear talks, but he did not confirm reports of a meeting in Brussels next Thursday.

Stretching tactic

In an interview with the website, a high-ranking European diplomat said,Voice of AmericaThe Iranian regime is “procrastinating.”

This view was also expressed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, last week, who said that “time is running out for Iran,” adding: “I will not set a date for that, but we are approaching the point where a strict return to compliance with the JCPOA does not lead to the reproduction of the benefits achieved by the agreement, because Iran was using this time to advance its program.” nuclear power in a variety of ways.

But Blinken stressed in a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, that the United States considers that “a diplomatic solution is the best way” to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

In response to his Israeli counterpart’s threat to use force against Iran, Blinken said: “We are ready to resort to other options If Iran does not change course.

Washington warns of “other options” if diplomacy with Iran fails

On Wednesday, the United States threatened to resort to “other options” against Iran if the diplomatic track failed to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

And Monday, the Israeli government agreed to allocate 5 billion shekels (1.5 billion US dollars) to target the Iranian nuclear program.

Israeli politicians and security officials fear that Iran is deliberately delaying the resumption of serious talks and using time to continue enriching uranium.

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Iran’s nuclear program “has reached a watershed moment and so has our tolerance,” adding that “talk does not prevent centrifuges from spinning.”





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