Ever since President Trump bailed out of the Iran nuclear deal, that country has been continually moving toward more and more contentious work on its nuclear program. With no sign that America is coming back to the table and the possibility of resumed UN sanctions looming, the Iranians this week took even more drastic steps, threatening to throw IAEA inspectors out of the country entirely. This comes after they announced that they were going back to enriching uranium and suggesting that they were resuming work on a nuclear weapon. So in other words, things aren’t exactly coming up roses over there. (Free Beacon)
Iranian leaders are threatening to sever their country’s cooperation with international nuclear inspectors tasked with ensuring the Islamic Republic does not resume its secretive work on a nuclear weapon.
As the United States and Europe tighten the economic noose on Iran’s economy, Iran has significantly scaled back its commitment to the landmark nuclear accord. In addition to resuming the enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, Tehran has signaled that it is picking back up its nuclear bomb work.
While the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sought to perform oversight on Iran’s contested nuclear sites since the deal was reached, it has disclosed in recent months that Iran is blocking access to key sites. Now, Iran is warning that it may end all cooperation with the IAEA in yet another sign of escalating tensions.
Last week, multiple European nations agreed that Iran was now back in violation of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, leading to calls for the United Nations to reimpose heavy sanctions on the country that had been eased in recent years. This is apparently what led to the threat to give the boot to the IAEA inspectors.