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Iran Ramps Up Push to Build Nuclear Weapons

Iran Ramps Up Push to Build Nuclear Weapons

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an Obama-era nuclear deal that sought to halt Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions.

Signatories include Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the EU.

The controversial deal dumped billions of dollars into the Iranian economy, but failed to provide the surveillance required to prevent Iran from continuing its nuclear programs in secret.

In May 2018, President Trump announced the United States withdrawal from the deal. In July 2019, the IAEA confirmed Iran had breached the 3.67% limit outlined in the JCPOA by enriching uranium to 4.5%. 

The 3.67% figure represents the enrichment level needed to operate a commercial nuclear power plant. Weapons-grade uranium requires 90%, which is relatively easy to reach once uranium has been enriched to 20%. Iran reached 20% enrichment before the JCPOA was signed.

This week, Iran said it would begin filing 1,044 centrifuges at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant with uranium gas (under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to use only outdated centrifuges located at a facility in Natanz).

“We are aware of their sensitiveness toward the Fordow facility and those centrifuges,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “At the same time, we cannot tolerate unilateral fulfillment of our commitments and no commitment from their side.”

The project will transform the Fordow plant into an active atomic site rather than the research site it was defined as in the JCPOA. Reports suggest Russian nuclear company Rosatom is helping Iran convert the facility, which is located underground roughly 20 miles northeast of Qom.

President Rouhani says he will undo all breaches of the JCPOA if Europe finds a way for Tehran to avoid US sanctions on oil sales, but will otherwise continue moving away from the JCPOA. 

“We want to find a way forward through constructive international dialogue,” says UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. “But Iran needs to stand by the commitments it made and urgently return to full compliance.”

Author’s Note: Is anyone surprised by this?

Iran almost certainly continued its nuclear operations in secret while the JCPOA was in place. Now that the deal has been abandoned by the United States, Iran can conduct its nuclear activities in the open.

The EU believes it faces a tough decision – to reject US sanctions on Iran to ‘save the JCPOA’ or watch Iran pursue nuclear technology. What the EU refuses to believe is that Iran will move forward with its plans for world domination either way. 

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  1. paula laflamme

    Seriously? “World domination”? How big is Iran’s defense budget? Any idea? Ms. Green is one silly rabbit.

    • Db

      All it takes is the threat to change attitudes and get compliance. An example is the constant threat of terrorism we see in our every day life since 9/11. Even though nothing happens for years we can no longer relax as before 9/11.
      The only way to change this is to eliminate the threatening entity. Perhaps President did so and time will tell. Iranian’s nukes can be shut down too be sending in the appropriate weapon.

    • Craig Michael Vandertie

      You sound like someone who has no one in Harm’s Way, if and/or when those deviant minded Iranians develop viable Nuclear weapons they will use them against anyone who in their delusional minds are a threat against their ideology which is completely evil because islam is based on evil, my point is even if their guidance/navigation systems are garbage which they will be there will still be plenty of radioactive fallout.

      World domination no, Iran will never achieve that but they will be jubilous in killing as many United States citizens as they possibly can which is natural for them.

  2. Craig Michael Vandertie

    I do hope that the Iranian government crosses that Redline in a serious way thus providing us with more than a just enough reason to compel the Israeli government to launch salvo after salvo of missiles into iran turning it into a smoking pit of desolation, if I need to elaborate as to why the government of israel is obligated to carry out such an action you are an extremely ignorant person, but since there are so many who are oblivious to the truth, because they owe us a trillion times over that is why.

  3. Craig Michael Vandertie

    Unless their navigation/guidance systems are greatly improved just as there conventional missiles hitting their intended targets in Iraq they will miss the target, unless we wipe Iran off the face fac of the planet they will continue to develop Nuclear weapons technology and eventually will be successful, if we have any citizens within the fall-out zone they had better have lead lined bunkers to seek refuge in with leadlined escape tunnels to evacuate after the assault.

  4. Daniel Mount

    The United States better not let Iran get a Nuke because they will use it on either Israel or the United States. We need to Take out their Nuclear facility first before they complete the Job.