Sabotaging JCPOA Talks Before Resumption on Monday

For Iran, talks to resume Monday in Vienna are all about lifting illegally imposed sanctions with guarantees  to assure that none will be reimposed.

Caretaker of Iran’s mission at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammad Reza Qa’ebi, said the following to its board of governors ahead of resumed talks to begin on Monday:

Until illegally imposed sanctions on Iran are removed, it is “not reasonable to expect more forbearance from” its leadership.

“Our nuclear activities, including enrichment at different levels and production of metallic based uranium fuel are completely peaceful, in line with our rights under the NPT, and are under the safeguards monitoring and verification of the Agency.” 

“I sincerely advise (the Biden regime and E3) to abandon scapegoating and start rectifying their failure in implementing their commitments.” 

“Iran has fulfilled completely, in the past 3 years, its share of prudence and constructiveness.”

Since adoption of the JCPOA, Iran has been in full compliance with its provisions.

In stark contrast, the US and E3 flagrantly and repeatedly breached their obligations.

Qa’ebi justifiably slammed E3 countries for not “clearly condemn(ing) the illegal unilateral withdrawal of the US and re-imposition of its sanctions, which are the sole cause of all these problems.”

Biden regime hardliners are no different from their Trump regime predecessors.

Hegemon USA and its imperial partners are “addict(ed) to us(ing) (extrajudicial) coercive measures.”

They long ago abandoned what’s mandated by international law.

Pro-Western IAEA director general Rafael Grossi follows orders from his higher powers in Washington and European capitals.

Following talks with head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian days earlier, Eslami said the following:

“Grossi repeatedly stated…that he has not seen any deviations in Iran’s nuclear program, and Iran is pursuing its nuclear activities in accordance with treaties and regulations.” 

He, in turn, said:

“A couple of months ago, when I was here, we agreed with Dr. Eslami that we would be returning to continue in our joint work in clarifying a number of issues…and also continue and deepen our dialogue with the government of Iran,” adding:

“(W)e are continuing at this point our negotiations with a view to finding common ground.”

“(W)e will now multiply our efforts with a view to concluding our exchanges today in a positive note.”

Grossi stressed that talks were “very constructive,” separately saying:

The IAEA “will not take into account or be influenced by the political issues and conspiracy theories of Iran’s enemies about Iran’s advancing nuclear program.”

Remarks a day later to the IAEA board of governors provided more evidence of Grossi’s duplicity, saying the following:

“I had extensive negotiations with senior Iranian officials to address Iran’s outstanding safeguards issues.” 

“As I will report, these negotiations proved inconclusive (sic).”

“In the absence of regular Agency access to its surveillance and monitoring equipment at all facilities and locations in Iran in relation to the JCPOA (sic), the Agency considers the temporary agreement I reached with Iran in February 2021 facilitated the maintenance of continuity of knowledge.” 

“However, the repeated prolongation of the agreement, which has now been in place for around nine months, is becoming a significant challenge to the Agency’s ability to restore this continuity of knowledge (sic).”

His remarks in Tehran and Vienna were worlds apart.

Grossi is a US/Western imperial tool, a figure never to be trusted.

In response to his remarks, a joint E3 statement turned reality on its head as follows, saying:

“We are deeply concerned that, for more than two years, Iran has continued its systematic nuclear escalation…(sic) — a bald-faced Big Lie, adding:

Iran “permanently and irreversibly upgrad(ed) its nuclear capabilities and expos(ed) the international community to significant risk (sic).” 

“Iran has no plausible civilian justification for both 20% and 60% enrichment and the production of High Enriched Uranium (HEU) is unprecedented for a state without a weapons program (sic).” 

“As a result of its alarming pace of production (sic), Iran’s total stockpile today contains enough fissile material that if enriched further could be used to produce more than one nuclear weapon and accumulation of uranium enriched at 20 and 60% is further reducing the time Iran would take to break out towards a first nuclear weapon (sic).”

The above reality-distorting remarks provided more proof than already of E3 duplicity.

Since flagrantly breaching their JCPOA obligations in cahoots with Trump regime hardliners in May 2018, Britain, France and Germany proved time and again that they’ll remain in noncompliance no matter how much longer going-nowhere JCPOA talks continue.

They also proved more than already that they and hegemon USA can never be trusted to comply with the rule of law, never to fulfill their obligations, never to soften their hostility toward nations free from Western control.

When JCPOA talks resume in Vienna on Monday, results are already known.

Whatever is agreed on — if anything — won’t be worth the paper it’s written on.

They’ll show that virtually always before, diplomacy with the US-dominated West is a colossal waste of time.

Its unbending hostility toward Iran has been hard-wired since its liberating 1979 revolution.

Nothing in Vienna will change what’s been official US/Western policy for over 40 years.

The JCPOA was doomed since adopted.

Washington and its European partners never had any intention of sticking to what they agreed on — not with Iran or other sovereign independent countries.

As affirmed by SC Res. 2231, the JCPOA is dead.

Only its obituary remains to be written for the historical record.

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