Israel warns over Iran uranium capability with nuclear talks at halt

Iranian opposition members protest outside the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on Monday. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

After talks between Iran and the US over Tehran’s nuclear program broke down, tensions increased on Monday when Israel’s defense minister, Benny Gantz, asserted that Iran would be able to generate enough enriched uranium in a matter of weeks to create three nuclear bombs.
Gantz also unveiled a map showing 10 locations in Syria that are reportedly used to supply Hezbollah and other Iranian allies with weapons. He claimed that Israel’s security was at risk from the facilities.
Iran, on the other hand, asserted that it has created a stealth drone that could strike important Israeli cities.
Rafael Grossi, the head of the UN’s nuclear inspectorate, remarked at the same time that it would be incredibly difficult to recover the knowledge his organization had lost about Iran’s nuclear programs as a result of his inspectors.
He was arguing that Iran was not cooperating with the investigation into nuclear particle traces found at three sites before 2013—a finding that suggests Iran may have once operated a covert nuclear program—while speaking at the opening of a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
As part of any agreement to resuscitate the nuclear deal that was negotiated in 2015 and from which the US withdrew in 2018, Iran has insisted that the IAEA inquiry be formally stopped. The agreement-related discussions have come to an end.

In a statement over the weekend, France, Germany, and the UK said they could not make any further concessions in the restarted negotiations and that Iran’s latest demand casts considerable doubt on its intentions and commitment to a successful conclusion.
However, given that Iran’s lack of cooperation was condemned at the previous IAEA board meeting in June, the three are unlikely to present a new censure resolution this week.
Iran requests that the investigation be officially abandoned on the grounds that Israel is using it as a political tool to resurrect old grievances. Grossi argued in opposition, saying, “This is really simple. We are investigating after finding uranium traces in locations that were never declared and that were never meant to have any nuclear activity. Why is this a political action, please?
The International Crisis Group, one of the most knowledgeable think tanks on the nuclear deal, warned in a recent report that the situation might get out of hand. It is believed that the US would want to keep the Iran issue under wraps before the midterm elections in November.
It said that Iran had little room to escalate without being able to produce weapons-grade fissile material in a matter of days. While Tehran has reportedly boosted its nuclear stockpile and usage of cutting-edge centrifuges, the US has been gradually tightening sanctions on it.
The Crisis Group recommended that, in an effort to buy time, the two sides should talk about the potential for single-measure commitments, such as an agreement on the release of dual-national detainees for humanitarian reasons, while respecting each other’s red lines to prevent nuclear and regional escalation.
If the US issues him a visa, the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, will fly to New York the following week for the UN general assembly.


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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