IAEA: No 'Credible' Proof of Iran Nuclear Weapons Program after 2009
- Author: Kyle Peterson May 04, 2018,
May 04, 2018, 9:54
As President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue to plow ahead with "cartoonish allegations" in an effort to undermine the Iran nuclear deal-which most Americans support, despite the disinformation campaign against it-Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a video on Thursday that the USA has "consistently violated" the terms of the accord and that the agreement will not be renegotiated.
Mr Trump already ignored the assessment of the IAEA and even that of his top officials that Iran was in compliance with the agreement.
The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium and number of spinning centrifuges, as well as hand over its stockpile of uranium and reconfigure a heavy-water reactor so it couldn't produce plutonium.
The statement was made days before President Donald Trump's deadline to decide if the USA will remain in the agreement.
According to a senior Israeli official, Netanyahu informed Trump about the evidence during a meeting in Washington on March 5 and that the USA president agreed Israel would publish the information before the deadline, Reuters reported on May 1.
On Wednesday, Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad warned Trump against walking away from the nuclear agreement.
"The effect would be that Iran would in fact be ready to go back to the previous situation", Mr Baeidinejad said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
"We should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative", he told the BBC.
Airplane manufacturers, carmakers and others have rushed into Iran after the accord.
A decision by Trump to end USA sanctions relief would all but sink the agreement and could trigger a backlash by Iran, which could resume its nuclear arms program or "punish" US allies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, diplomats said.
"The Europeans are not keen to be dragged into a regional conflict by the US", said one source familiar with the talks. One of the White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was possible Trump will end up with a decision that "is not a full pullout" but was unable to describe what that might look like.
Zarif goes on to say accuse Trump of relying on "cartoonish allegations rehashed from over a decade ago" an apparent jab at Netanyahu's revelations this week that Israel obtained evidence that Iran lied to world powers prior to signing the agreement, seen by some as an effort by the prime minister to convince Trump to exit the deal.
On Monday, new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will work with its allies to counter Iran's "malign" influence and support for terrorism in the region.
The Iranian minister also criticized the European parties in the deal for what he called their "concessions" to USA pressure.