Iran Daily: Tehran Threatens Return to Unrestricted Nuclear Program


PHOTO: Supreme Leader “If opposite party violates nuclear agreement, we will burn it”

Iranian officials, including the Supreme Leader, are threatening a return to an unrestricted nuclear program if they believe the US has broken a July 2015 agreement.

Less than a year after the landmark nuclear deal with the 5+1 Powers and five months after implementation, Tehran says that it will renew and expand its production of 20% enriched uranium.

The spokesman of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, declared on Thursday:

Since the beginning, we have foreseen measures for return scenarios and if needed, we are ready to create conditions rapidly that will certainly surprise the other side.

If we decide to return to the past conditions for the other side’s non-compliance to the nuclear deal, naturally, we can have highly good conditions rapidly using advanced centrifuges.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Leader issued his own warning, apparently prompted by the promise of US Republican President candidate Donald Trump to revoke the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

We do not violate the JCPOA, but if the opposite party violates it and tears it apart — as the US Presidential candidates state and threaten at present — then we will burn it.

See Iran Daily, June 15: “If US Tears Up Nuclear Deal, We Will Burn It”

Ayatollah Khamenei’s website then featured his promise that Iran can expand its nuclear program quickly. The Supreme Leader said that the Islamic Republic can produce 100,000 Separative Working Units — about 10 times the pre-JCPOA output of enriched uranium — within 18 months.

Under the nuclear deal, Iran gave up its production of 20% enriched uranium and relinquished all stocks, while retaining only a small amount of 3.5% uranium. It suspended plans for development of new generations of centrifuges which can produce far more uranium at a much faster pace.

Tehran also accepted a stricter program of supervision and inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and it pledged to pursue adherence to the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Non-Profileration Treaty.

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  1. Operating a civilian nuclear program under the NNPT, as Iran has always been doing, is not unrestricted, Scott.
    Maybe you confused Iran with Israel, due to the similar spelling, eh?

      • Then you can correct your title to something realistic like “Iran will return to nuclear status quo ante“, which BTW is no threat but mere notification of exactly what any non-propagandist would expect to happen if/when the Yanki warcrims breach the agreement they cried and blackmailed so much to get. At that point the ‘deal’ is void and any ‘voluntary’ additional restrictions assumed by Iran for a trial period are naturally history.
        Or did you just presume Khamenei & Co would be so easily bilked, like stealing candy from a baby?

        • Scott has been very balanced and fair on this topic Barbar. In fact, I have repeatedly complimented Scott on his ability to cut through the Washington BS consensus and the fact he has repeatedly recognized Iran’s rights under the NPT.

          I don’t think the headline is misleading. Unrestricted does not imply contravention of the NPT.

  2. Unrestricted does not imply contravention of the NPT.” — It is a contradiction in terms.
    As the NNPT is [for non-weapons states] an agreement to self-restrict on nuclear military applications in exchange for technological cooperation in civilian uses and [a windy promise of] demilitarisation by the declared weapons-states, no non-weapons state can have an unrestricted nuclear program under the aegis of the NNPT.
    Therefore, ‘unrestricted’ in the Iranian context necessarily implies one of two things:
    1. breaching the treaty terms in secret, or
    2. abrogating the treaty openly
    … in order to pursue weaponisation. Whereas following option 2 with 6 months notification is in accordance with the NPT, both mean effective termination of one’s membership in the agreement.
    Hence, the alarmist and false title implies Iran is ‘threatening’ to leave the NNPT and pursue a full-spectrum nuclear program, i.e. including the development of atomic weapons, as DPRK has done.
    Do you have a link for the place where SL recognised Iran’s rights under the NNPT, as I seem to somehow have missed that.
    And how would Iran ‘return’ to an unrestricted status under the NNPT, something which it never had and indeed cannot exist? This only makes sense if SL is falsely implying Iran is threatening to ‘return’ to pursuit of a nuclear weapons program, i.e. he is still promoting the fake crux of the Neocon dogma.

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