Iran’s leader Ali Khamenei has continued to escalate his remarks about Iran’s progress in the nuclear program in a way that could be close to shortening the time for a breakthrough if it decides to acquire nuclear weapons, thereby increasing pressure on the Biden administration.
At the same time, Iran has stopped implementing the additional restrictive protocol, and to a large extent the ability to monitor Iran’s nuclear content and other nuclear activities in its territory. Germany, France and the United Kingdom (“EU3”, in a joint statement, described the move as “very dangerous” and significantly limiting Iran’s ability to monitor its nuclear activities.
In a speech that was mostly of a theological nature during a meeting with the Council of Experts (the body that oversees the activities of the leader and elects the next leader), Khamenei stressed that the Iranian government would continue to implement the government’s decision to erode Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal. His position that Islam forbids the production of nuclear weapons.
Khamenei said that “Iran is determined to develop its nuclear capabilities so that they are in line with its needs. For this reason the enrichment rate will not be limited to twenty percent and we will take any action required … and for example to develop nuclear fuels (other nuclear propellants) and even other nuclear activities. We will increase the enrichment to sixty percent. “
As for the cessation of Iran’s cooperation with the Additional Protocol, Khamenei said “the Majles whose law Iran will gradually erode its obligations under the nuclear deal and until yesterday (February 21) the government acted accordingly. With the help of Allah it will continue to implement the (other components) of the law “Termination of the supervision activity within the framework of the additional protocol) Tomorrow (February 23) … The law is a good law and therefore it must be implemented in practice in the best possible way.”
Khamenei described the US and the 3EU’s attitude towards reducing Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal as arrogant, dishonest and erroneous “from day one (of the signing of the agreement) and for a long time Iran in its commitments in accordance with Islamic law. The side that did not live up to its commitments from day one is these countries and therefore they should be preached and asked questions … Since the US and other countries withdrew from the nuclear agreement, according to the Qur’an Iran should have resigned, but the honorable Iranian government did not stop its commitments to the agreement. Gradually … Of course, this course of action of the government has been reversed, but the other side must also return to its obligations. “
Khamenei added that the arrogant rhetoric increased the hatred of the West among the Iranian people and “at the center of all this is the clown of world Zionism who repeatedly claims that he will not allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons. He must be told orally that if Iran wants to build such weapons, he and not They will be able to prevent this … What prevents Iran from producing nuclear weapons are the principles and ideology of Islam that forbid the construction of any weapons – nuclear or chemical – used to kill masses of ordinary civilians. “
Khamenei referred to the use of nuclear weapons in World War II against Japan and the killing and destruction it caused, saying that “killing civilians and innocents is the way of the West, but not the way of Islam, so Iran does not even think of producing such weapons.”
Khamenei added that an agreement with defined schedules has been signed, if they respect it, we will respect it according to the same schedule. But the West must understand that we are not interested in nuclear weapons production. Referring to the US intention to further expand the dialogue with Iran on ballistic missiles, Khamenei said that “the issue of nuclear weapons is only an excuse for the West, which also opposes Iran being a normal weapon, as it wants to strip Iran of all aspects of power.”
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Khatem Gharibadi, said all steps taken by the government were within the law.
The conclusion reached by the IAEA Director General and the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization on the continuation of part of the inspection provoked much outrage among some members of the Majles, who called for a complete cessation of supervision and provoked repeated controversy between the Majles and the government.
All in all, all Iranian speakers continue to present an uncompromising line and call for the removal of all US sanctions as a condition for negotiations.
At the same time, it continues to gradually erode the core of its commitments under the nuclear deal and is steadily shortening the time it takes to produce enough fissile material for nuclear weapons.
The time window it has signed, as part of the agreement with the IAEA to continue part of the oversight, is expected to be quarantined within three months and even within it Iran can continue to breach its commitments and carry out nuclear operations away from the IAEA’s scrutiny.
As a result, there is growing pressure on the Biden government from the IAEA, the European Union, the Iranian lobby in the United States and government officials interested in promoting a return to the agreement. Meanwhile, Iran is continuing pressure on other channels. Americans in Iraq with no American response.
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Iran’s leader clarified that “energy production from nuclear addicts will be one of the most important energy sources for Iran in the coming years in view of being cleaner, healthier and cheaper …
We must prepare for this now to enrich uranium if we need it one day … the West wants Iran to continue to depend on them “So that when the day comes when it needs nuclear energy, they will be able to leverage this need of Iran to impose their needs on it … just like their games with oil prices.”
Khamenei stressed that Iran would not withdraw from the nuclear issue, as it did not withdraw from other issues. It will continue to move with absolute power in the direction that will bring it the most benefit. “
“The ball is in US hands”
At the same time, government spokesman Ali Rabii said (February 23) that Iran welcomes the initiative of the Union’s foreign policy chief, Joseph Burrell, to preserve the framework of the nuclear agreement, including an informal round of talks among the signatories to the nuclear agreement, including U.S.
Wednesday added that in view of the fact that the US has not yet returned to the nuclear agreement, it can not be part of it and therefore the Europeans proposed to hold an informal meeting with the US as a “guest” in an observer status as the agreement allows.
However, “it depends on Iran’s conviction that the talks will help the United States meet all its obligations or not.” Wednesday clarified that the ball is in the hands of the United States and not Iran in terms of renewing its commitments and that the United States should respect international norms again. … “Once the United States demonstrates goodwill, implements Resolution 2231 and removes all sanctions, Iran will not lose a single moment and take a corresponding step”.
The delay in the additional protocol will significantly limit the ability to oversee the nuclear program
The EU3 issued a joint statement (Feb. 23) expressing “great regret” at the suspension of oversight under the Additional Protocol and transparency measures set out in the nuclear deal and stating that Iran’s actions further violate its obligations under the nuclear deal and significantly reduce the IAEA’s oversight capability.
The announcement stated that the three countries are united in emphasizing the “dangerous nature of the (Iranian) decision, will significantly limit the IAEA’s ability to access sites and the agency’s ability to provide the information it needs for oversight activities. It was also stated that Iran’s decision would limit the IAEA’s ability to monitor and approve Iran’s nuclear program and other related nuclear activities, as set out in Resolution 2231. The announcement also expressed full support for the activities of the Director General and the Agency’s Secretariat and their ongoing efforts to monitor Iran’s nuclear program under the Nuclear Agreement, as expressed during the organization’s recent visit (February 20-21) to Iran.
Britain, France and Germany also mentioned the interim agreement between the IAEA and Iran, signed during the organization’s visit to Iran, which would allow “access to certain information” (on the Iranian nuclear program) for a period of three months. In conclusion, the three countries in Iran urged to stop and reverse all measures taken to reduce the transparency of the nuclear program and allow full cooperation with the IAEA and stated that “our goal remains to maintain the framework of the nuclear agreement and support diplomatic efforts to find a solution.” “B and Iran fully comply with their obligations under the Nuclear Agreement”.
Meanwhile, the debate between the legislature (Majles) and the executive (government) over the implementation, in effect, of the final phase of the “Strategic Measures to Remove Sanctions” law continues. The addition constitutes the implementation of the last section of the law  and that the nuclear program has become the “most thoughtful token on the way to the removal of sanctions.