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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Unlike nuclear outlaws USA and Israel, Iran complies with its NPT and JCPOA obligations.

The world community and US intelligence community know that Iran’s nuclear program has no military component — with no evidence of an intention to change its longstanding policy.

The world community also knows that Iran’s nuclear facilities are far more intensively monitored than other nations with nuclear power programs.

It’s well-known that the US and Israel forbid IAEA monitors from coming anywhere near their bomb development and production facilities — the world community turning a blind eye to the ominous dangers they pose.

According to the IAEA, Iran began enriching uranium with advanced IR-2m machines at its Natanz nuclear facility, a statement saying:

“On 31 March 2021, the (nuclear watchdog) agency verified at FEP (fuel enrichment plant facilities) that Iran had begun feeding natural UF6 into a fourth cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuge.”

IR-2m machines are more efficient than the IR-1 for enriching uranium.

The move is the latest one by Iran in response to failure by Washington and E 3 countries Britain, France and Germany to fulfill their JCPOA obligations.

They’ve been in flagrant breach of Security Council Res. 2231 since May 2018 with no signs of complying with international law.

Actions taken by Iran comply with JCPOA Article 36.

It states that if actions by JCPOA signatories “constitute significant non-performance, then (Iran) could treat the unresolved issue as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part and/or notify the UN Security Council that it believes the issue constitutes significant non-performance.”

Article 26 states that if the US and/or E impose new nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, it will constitute “grounds (for its authorities) to cease performing its commitments under the JCPOA in whole or in part” — its legal right under the deal.

Because the JCPOA is binding international law, all world community nations are bound to observe it. 

Breaching it constitutes a criminal act. 

The US and its Western signatory partners stand guilty as charged, Russia and China complying with their obligations.

Increased uranium enrichment beyond the amount and level stipulated by the JCPOA is Iran’s legal right.

It’s been very clear that if the US, UK, France and Germany return to full JCPOA compliance, Tehran will reverse steps taken over the past year straightaway.

That’s not good enough for Biden regime hardliners and their go-along Western partners.

Iran’s only way to get their attention is by taking full advantage of its legal rights under Articles 26 and 36 of the landmark nuclear deal.

Tehran informed the IAEA in advance of its intention to use advanced IR-2m machines to enrich uranium.

Its actions have been fully transparent all along — polar opposite how the US, UK, EU and Israel operate.

According to the IAEA, Iran began “using 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges installed in 30 cascades, 696 IR-2m centrifuges installed in four cascades and 174 IR-4 centrifuges installed in one cascade to enrich natural UF6 up to 5% U-235 at FEP.”

“On 15 March 2021, the Agency verified that Iran began feeding the cascade of 174 IR-4 centrifuges already installed at FEP with natural UF6.”

Legislation enacted by Iranian lawmakers requires the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to take the above steps.

As long as the US, UK, France and Germany remain in breach of their JCPOA obligations, Iran will continue rolling back its commitments as permitted by Articles 26 and 36.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.