Iran Not Willing to Accept Changes to Nuclear Agreement

Friday, 04 May, 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu this week, also claimed Iran has been developing a "secret" nuclear weapons programme.

First of all, the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House knew already at the beginning of 2018 about the massive Mossad operation in Iran and the seizure of roughly 11,000 documents detailing Iran's secret nuclear weapons program.

Hamid Baeidinejad, the country's top envoy in London, said Iran would "be ready to go back to the previous situation" if America pulls out of the 2015 pact, as threatened by US President Donald Trump.

Even in light of this gruesome history and recent "bluster" from the Trump administration, Zarif noted that Iran still entered into the nuclear agreement "in good faith" and has continued to comply.

An unnamed Israeli official said "the documents tell us more than the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) knew until today about the Iranian nuclear program". He revealed that Israeli spies had managed to steal thousands of physical and electronic documents about the Iranian nuclear weapons program as it existed 15 years ago - an impressive piece of spycraft but old news.

"But Trump's impetuousness to celebrate blew the cover", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted to his Twitter account on May 1.

Trump has said that unless European allies fix the "terrible flaws" in the Iran nuclear deal by May 12, he will refuse to extend USA sanctions relief for oil-producing Iran.

Technically, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to renew "waivers" suspending some of the US sanctions on Iran. The next deadline is May 12.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the stolen files clearly show that "Iran lied" and its nuclear capabilities were "far more advanced and further along" than thought before the signing of the deal.

"The reality is" that they have not been able to convince the American President, he said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Netanyahu's speech "underlines the importance" of maintaining the deal.

The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium and number of spinning centrifuges, as well as hand over its stockpile of uranium and reconfigure a heavy-water reactor so it couldn't produce plutonium.

"It is clear that the worldwide community had doubts that Iran was carrying out an exclusively peaceful nuclear program", a German government spokesman said, as translated by Reuters.

"The relevance of this agreement is heightened by the information Israel has presented", a spokesperson for the French foreign ministry said.

In January, Trump extended sanctions relief on Iran under the deal for the last time, threatening to withdraw from it if the US Congress and his European allies can not fix the alleged "disastrous flaws".