Iran nukes deal: end of the road
About six weeks ago Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned that the attempt to revive the 2015 deal that restricted Iran’s ability to enrich uranium was on the brink of collapse. Three or four weeks more without an agreement, he said, would deal the talks a “fatal blow”.
The problem was that since ex-president Donald Trump unilaterally trashed the deal in 2018, imposing “maximum pressure” US sanctions against Iran in the hope of extracting further concessions, the Iranians have been gradually discarding the controls they agreed to in the original deal.
The three European countries that guaranteed the deal, Britain, France and Germany, backed up the IAEA chief, warning that “the more Iran is advancing and accumulating knowledge with irreversible consequences, the more difficult it is to come back to that deal”.
In other words, once the Iranians have learned all they need to know to enrich uranium to weapons-grade, they cannot promise to forget it again. They will have that knowledge forever, which sort of defeats the whole purpose of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the ridiculous official name of the 2015 deal. Continue reading Dyer: Iran Nuke Deal Is Dead