2022.02.05 – 01:47
Baghdad – people
The United States has re-introduced waivers related to the activities of the Iranian civil nuclear program, which it canceled in 2020 during the era of former President Donald Trump, at a time when talks to save the nuclear agreement entered a critical stage .
“We have decided to reinstate a sanctions waiver in order to allow outside participation” to ensure “non-proliferation”, a senior US official said, due to “increasing concerns” arising from the continued development of Iran’s nuclear activities.
He added that this decision should also “facilitate” the “technical discussions” that are “essential in the last weeks of the talks”, referring to the negotiations that will resume in the coming days in Vienna between Tehran and other great powers.
“The waiver itself will be necessary to ensure Iran’s rapid compliance with its nuclear obligations” in the event of a settlement in Vienna, where the negotiations are taking place, he said.
He stressed that even without an agreement in the Austrian capital, “these technical discussions will continue to contribute to achieving our non-proliferation goals.”
But Washington stresses that this is “not a concession to Iran” nor is it “a sign that we are on the verge of reaching a consensus” to save the 2015 agreement that is supposed to prevent Iran from developing an atomic bomb.
These exemptions relate, in particular, to the Tehran research reactor and the heavy water reactor in Arak, which has been converted under the eyes of the international community in a way that makes it impossible to produce plutonium for military use.