(TEHRAN) Nuclear Deal Report: Iran has begun the process of producing enriched uranium metal, it has told the global nuclear watchdog as U.S. says this will possibly prevent another meeting in Vienna #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: But uranium metal could also be used to make the core of a nuclear bomb: European powers said Iran’s move breached a nuclear deal and threatened talks to revive it. The US called it an “unfortunate step backwards”

TEHRAN: European powers warn Iran over enriched uranium metal production they informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the process was to develop fuel for a research reactor according Arab News sources reports

People walk past a poster of Ebrahim Raisi during the Iranian presidential election on Iran's Kish Island (18 June 2021)
European countries expressed “grave concern” about Iran’s latest move

The 2015 deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saw Iran agree to restrictions its nuclear programme that were designed to minimise the risk of it developing a nuclear weapon. 

In return, six world powers – China, France, Germany, Russia, the US and the UK – agreed to lift economic sanctions that were in place.Iran’s nuclear programme: What’s been happening at its key nuclear sites?

Former US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal in 2018 and reinstated sanctions on Iran. Iran retaliated by gradually breaching its commitments under the accord.

Mr Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, has said he will rejoin the deal and lift sanctions if Iran returns to full compliance, but Iran wants him to make the first move.

Representatives of Iran and the five world powers still party to the deal have been attempting to agree a compromise at talks in Vienna, with US envoys participating indirectly.

The talks began in April and the latest round was adjourned on 20 June, with no date set for the next meeting.

In a statement on Tuesday, the IAEA said: “Today, Iran informed the agency that UO2 [uranium dioxide] enriched up to 20% U-235 would be shipped to the R&D [research and development] laboratory at the Fuel Fabrication Plant in Esfahan, where it would be converted to UF4 [uranium tetrafluoride] and then to uranium metal enriched to 20% U-235, before using it to manufacture the fuel.”

The British, French and German foreign ministers said that they had “grave concerns” about Iran’s decision.

ReutersTalks in Vienna aimed at reviving the nuclear deal talks were adjourned on 20 June

“Iran has no credible civilian need for uranium metal R&D and production, which are a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon,” the ministers said in a joint statement.

“With its latest steps, Iran is threatening a successful outcome to the Vienna talks despite the progress achieved in six rounds of negotiations.”

The statement also urged Iran to return to the talks in the Austrian capital.

US state department spokesperson Ned Price said that although they were not setting a deadline for the talks, “as time proceeds Iran’s nuclear advances will have a bearing on our view of returning to the JCPOA”.

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(WASHINGTON) DOJ Seizes Iranian State-Run News Agency (IRNA) for promotion of ‘Terrorism & Disinformation’ as Iran accuses Biden of working with Saudis and Israel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: While Biden has been signaling weakness to Iran over the nuke deal, this development bears watching. Predictably, Iran accused the U.S. government of “working with Israel and Saudi Arabia to repress Iran’s freedom of expression.”

#AceDailyNews reports that the Justice Department announcement came hours after the Iranian state-run news agency IRNA revealed the U.S. government seizures without providing further information….as the US takes down Iran-linked news sites for promoting terrorism and disinformation

Promoting terrorism” was cited as a reason for the asset seizure. Also seized was “a Palestinian-directed broadcast and an Arabic-language religious and cultural channel….the web domain of Iran’s Al-Alam news network and that of Al-Masirah, a Yemeni TV station controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency.”

Iran has become increasingly aggressive and openly hostile to America, making overt demands about a nuclear deal which would involve the dropping of all sanctions. The hardline, murderous incoming Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has also “declared that Iran will not agree to restrictions on its ballistic missile development or its support for terrorism throughout the region as a condition to the resumption of the nuclear deal.”

“US takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation,” by Isabel Debre and Eric Tuck, Washington Post,June 23, 2021:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — American authorities seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news website domains they accused of spreading disinformation, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

The Justice Department said 33 of the seized websites were used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union, which was singled out by the U.S. government last October for what officials described as efforts to spread disinformation and sow discord among American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. T

The U.S. says three other seized websites were operated by the Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group, Kata’ib Hizballah, which more than a decade ago was designated a foreign terrorist organization. The group is separate from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group whose news websites remained operational.

The website domains are owned by U.S. companies, but despite the sanctions, neither the IRTVU nor KH obtained the required licenses from the U.S. government before using the domain names, according to the Justice Department.

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(TEHRAN) Nuclear Deal Report: Iran announces they will effectively end ‘International Monitoring’ of their reactors and no further images will be supplied to the IAEA #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: The Iranian parliament said on Sunday that an agreement to share images from certain nuclear sites with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has ended, state-run news agency Tasnim reported.

IRAN: Stops sharing images with nuclear watchdog (IAEA) in an announcement that effectively ends the international monitoring of their nuclear ambitions, which formed part of the landmark 2015 deal with world powers International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has ended, state-run news agency Tasnim reported.

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant
DW REPORT:

Iran has been reducing its cooperation with the UN watchdog that formed part of the 2015 deal with world powers to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. 

But the two sides had agreed on a three-month deal in February to share some images so as to maintain at least some monitoring of its atomic activities.

Parliamentary speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf told lawmakers that “nothing has been extended after the three-month period and following that, none of the information subject to recording will be given to the IAEA, but will remain at the disposal of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Iran deal hangs in the balance

The failure to extend the deal comes as Iran holds indirect talks with Western powers about renewing the nuclear deal.

DW’s Teri Schultz on Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

The US unilaterally quit the deal in 2018 under former President Donald Trump.

Current US President Joe Biden’s administration has pursued indirect talks about a possible return, but these have been stalled by ongoing disagreements.

The ending of the IAEA image-sharing may prove a further blow to progress, but is also seen as an attempt to pressure Biden to lift devastating sanctions on Tehran.

On Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it would be a “serious concern” for future negotiations if Iran failed to extend the information-sharing agreement.

Iran seeks end to crippling sanctions

The monitoring agreement, first signed in February, was extended on May 24 for another month.

The deal stipulated that Iran would collect data which would then be passed onto the IAEA at a later date.

In May, the nuclear watchdog said it was concerned about several cases of processed uranium particles that had been found at undeclared sites, adding that Iran had produced 2.4 kilograms (5.2 lbs) of almost weapons-grade uranium in a breach of the Iran nuclear deal.

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.22: An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last “for three to four days.”

TEHRAN: Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown and which sits near active fault lines and was built to withstand powerful quakes, has been periodically shaken by temblors according to state TV

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Without elaborating, he said that power outages could result. This is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant in the southern port city of Bushehr. It went online in 2011 with help from Russia. Iran is required to send spent fuel rods from the reactor back to Russia as a nuclear nonproliferation measure.

Earlier on Sunday, Tavanir released a statement saying that the nuclear plant was being repaired, without offering further details. It said the repair work would take until Friday.

In March, nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari said the plant could stop working since Iran cannot procure parts and equipment for it from Russia due to banking sanctions imposed by the U.S. in 2018.

Bushehr is fueled by uranium produced in Russia, not Iran, and is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA acknowledged being aware of reports about the plant, but declined to comment.

Construction on Bushehr, on the coast of the northern reaches of the Persian Gulf, began under Iran’s shah in the mid-1970s. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the plant was repeatedly targeted in the Iran-Iraq war. Russia later completed construction of the facility.

The plant, which sits near active fault lines and was built to withstand powerful quakes, has been periodically shaken by temblors. There have been no significant earthquakes reported in the area in recent days.

A security guard in front of a domed structure with several attached buildings.
The Bushehr nuclear reactor, located 1,200 km south of Iran’s capital Tehran, began operating in 2011. (Reuters:  Raheb Homavandi)

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown.

An official from state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show on Sunday that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last “for three to four days”.

Without elaborating, he said that power outages could result.

This is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, located in the southern port city of Bushehr.

It went online in 2011 with help from Russia.

Iran is required to send spent fuel rods from the reactor back to Russia as a nuclear non-proliferation measure.

Earlier on Sunday, Tavanir released a statement saying the nuclear plant was being repaired, without offering further details. It said the repair work would take until Friday.

In March, nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari said the plant could stop working since Iran cannot procure parts and equipment for it from Russia due to banking sanctions imposed by the US in 2018.

The Bushehr plant is fueled by uranium produced in Russia, and is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA did not immediately respond to request for comment on the reported shutdown.

The interior of an industrial building with yellow catwalks above and banks of orange machinery.
Iran’s electricity company said the power plant was being repaired.(Reuter: Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour)

Construction of the reactor, on the coast of the northern reaches of the Persian Gulf, began under Iran’s shah in the mid-1970s.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the plant was repeatedly targeted in the Iran-Iraq war. Russia later completed construction of the facility.

The plant, which sits near active fault lines and was built to withstand powerful quakes, has been periodically shaken by temblors.

There have been no significant earthquakes reported in the area in recent days.

Progress made on Iran nuclear agreement

Meanwhile, top diplomats said on Sunday that further progress had been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to restore a landmark 2015 agreement abandoned by the Trump administration to contain Iranian nuclear development.

The agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, abolished international economic sanctions on Iran.

In return, Iran would be subjected to unannounced inspections of its nuclear facilities, but allowed to enrich uranium to a maximum of 3.67 per cent for its power reactors.Iran is increasing uranium enrichment Experts say Iran’s decision to enrich uranium up to 60 per cent is “risky and dangerous”

However, former US president Donald Trump ripped up the deal in May 2018 and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran.

The diplomats on Sunday said it was now up to the governments involved in the negotiations to make political decisions on renewing the agreement.

It was the first official meeting since Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi,  won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election last week.

Some diplomats expressed concern that Iran’s election of Mr Raisi could complicate a possible return to the nuclear agreement.

Enrique Mora, the European Union official who chaired the final meeting of the sixth round of talks between Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran, told reporters that “we are closer to a deal, but we are not still there”.

“We have made progress on a number of technical issues,” Mora added.

“We have now more clarity on technical documents — all of them quite complex — and that clarity allows us to have also a great idea of what the political problems are.”

He did not elaborate.

Top Russian representative, Mikhail Ulyanov, said he expected the diplomats to return for the final round of talks in Vienna in about 10 days, and that they could finalise negotiations by mid-July.

AP/Fox News/ IAEA/ State TV/Reuters/

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: Presidential Election Report: Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi wins the election as Iran’s next president after the opposition was removed by Ayatollah Khamenei #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.19: He beat three other candidates in a poll in which most would-be candidates were barred from standing: Iran’s president is the second-highest ranking official in the country, after the supreme leader:

IRAN ELECTION: Hardliner Raisi becomes president: Mr Raisi is Iran’s top judge and holds ultra-conservative views and he is also under US sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners and Amnesty also says that as head of the judiciary Mr Raisi oversaw impunity for officials and security forces accused of killing protesters during unrest in 2019.

Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi gestures with arms up and palms outward after voting during the election on June 18.
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi was widely expected to win the race after the hardline election body barred many heavyweight candidates from standing.(Reuters: Majid Asgaripour/WANA)

Iranian state TV declares hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi winner of presidential election However, Mr Raisi dominated the election only after a panel under the watch of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei disqualified his strongest competition.

Iran’s hardline judiciary chief has won the country’s presidential election in a landslide victory, propelling the Supreme Leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position in a vote that appeared to see the lowest turnout in the Islamic republic’s history.

Key points:

  • Ebrahim Raisi will be the first Iranian president subject to US sanctions for alleged human rights abuses before taking power
  • Polls suggest voter turnout was 44 per cent, lower than at past Iranian elections
  • The quick concessions suggest the win was a landslide for Mr Raisi even amid voter apathy

Initial results showed Ebrahim Raisi won 17.8 million votes in the contest, dwarfing those of the race’s sole moderate candidate.

Mr Raisi will have significant influence over domestic policy and foreign affairs. But in Iran’s political system it is the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top religious cleric, who has the final say on all state matters.

The country is run according to conservative religious values, and there have been curbs on political freedoms since its Islamic Revolution in 1979. Many Iranians saw this latest election as having been engineered for Mr Raisi to win, and shunned the poll.

Who is Ebrahim Raisi?

The 60-year-old cleric has served as a prosecutor for most of his career. He was appointed head of the judiciary in 2019, two years after he lost by a landslide to Hassan Rouhani in the last presidential election.

Mr Raisi has presented himself as the best person to fight corruption and solve Iran’s economic problems. “Our people’s grievances over shortcomings are real,” he said as he cast his vote in Tehran. 

He is fiercely loyal to Iran’s ruling clerics, and has even been seen as a possible successor to Ayatollah Khamenei as the country’s supreme leader.

Turnout was reportedly significantly down on the previous election in 2017

Many Iranians and rights groups have pointed to Mr Raisi’s role in the mass executions of political prisoners in the 1980s. He was one of four judges who oversaw death sentences for about 5,000 prisoners, according to Amnesty International.

“That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran,” said Amnesty chief Agnès Callamard.

Iran has never acknowledged the mass executions and Mr Raisi has never addressed the allegations about his role in them.

What does his win mean for Iran and the world?

Mr Raisi has promised to ease unemployment and work to remove US sanctions that have contributed to economic hardship for ordinary Iranians and caused widespread discontent.

BBC Persian correspondent Kasra Naji adds that under Mr Raisi Iran’s hardliners will seek to reinforce a puritanical system of Islamic government, possibly meaning more controls on social activities, fewer freedoms and jobs for women, and tighter control of social media and the press.

The hardliners are suspicious of the West, but both Mr Raisi and Supreme Leader Khamenei favour a return to an international deal on Iran’s nuclear activity. 

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed in 2015, gave Iran relief from Western sanctions in return for limiting its nuclear activities.

The US pulled out of the deal in 2018, and President Trump’s administration re-imposed crippling limits on Iran’s ability to trade. Mr Raisi was among the officials sanctioned.

Iran has responded by re-starting nuclear operations that were banned under the deal.

Talks aimed at resurrecting the deal are ongoing in Vienna, with President Joe Biden also keen to revive it. But both sides say the other must make the first move.

Iran will be a more closed society according to an Analysis by Kasra Naji, BBC Persian: The election was engineered to pave the way for Mr Raisi to win. This has alienated a good number of Iranians already deeply discontented with their living conditions in an economy that is crippled by US sanctions but also mismanagement.

The result of the election will not help with their concerns and may even lead to more instability at home. In the past few years Iran has witnessed at least two rounds of serious nationwide protests – with hundreds, some say thousands, killed. With Mr Raisi taking the presidency the hardliners will have taken all the centres of power: the executive branch as well as the legislative and the judiciary. Iran will be a more closed society.

Freedoms will likely be curtailed even more than before.The regime will look to China to help the economy out of deep crisis. There will be more tension with the West. Indirect talks between Iran and the US in Vienna over reviving the nuclear deal may face more uncertainty. There are already reports that the talks will now break up for a few weeks, allowing all sides to take stock of the new reality in Iran.Was the election free?

With counting continuing, state TV said Mr Raisi had so far received 62% of the vote – nearly 18 million of more than 28 million votes cast. Some 59 million Iranians were eligible to vote.Almost 600 hopefuls, including 40 women, registered for the election.But in the end only seven men were approved last month by the 12 jurists and theologians on the Guardian Council, an unelected body that has the ultimate decision with regard to candidates’ qualifications.

Three of those candidates subsequently pulled out before polling day.In response to this, some dissidents and reformists vowed to boycott the election. Turnout this time appears to have been just under 50% – significantly lower than the 73% of voters who turned out for the 2017 presidential poll.Before he withdrew, reformist candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh hinted that the vote would be a foregone conclusion, saying during a candidates’ TV debate that the ruling clerics had aligned “sun, moon and the heavens to make one particular person the president,” according to The Economist.

Meanwhile former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of those barred from running, said in a video message that he would not vote, declaring: “I do not want to have a part in this sin.”Iran elections: To vote or not to vote?

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: Iran presidential candidate: ‘We’ll take 1,000 Americans hostage. This is how we can solve our economic problems #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.14: Mohsen Rezaei, a conservative candidate for the Iranian Presidency, said in a recent interview that his plan to boost the country’s ailing economy was to kidnap 1,000 Americans and demand several million dollars in ransom per hostage:

Iranian presidential candidate: Fix economy by taking 1,000 Americans hostage,” by Dan Verbin, Arutz Sheva, June 11, 2021: Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad posted a video of Rezaei’s statement to Twitter.

“This is surreal. Mohsen Rezaei candidate for Iran presidential elections said he’d take 1000 more American hostages to boost iran’s economy. For every hostage he’d ask several (million dollars) as a solution to Iran’s failing economy,” she tweeted along with the hashtags #IraniansBoycottElections and #NotVotingForIR.

In the video, an anchor said in Farsi, “So he’d take hostages to extort money.”

The video cuts to a clip Rezaei who said, “We’ll take 1,000 Americans hostage. America will have to pay several billions to get every single one freed.”

“This is how we can solve our economic problems,” he added.

Rezaei was described by Saeid Jafari writing for the Atlantic Council as a “perpetual candidate” for the presidency.

He first ran for president in 2005. He also ran in 2009 and 2013.

Reza [sic] was the Iranian Republican Guard Corps commander-in-chief for 17 years….

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(TEHRAN, Iran.) IAEA REPORT: Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf will no longer be able to access images of the ‘Iranian Nuclear Sites’ because a monitoring deal with the UN nuclear body has expired #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.24: Discussions were held and decisions made yesterday. The law passed by the Parliament will be implemented. The Leader has underlined the importance of this issue as well,” Qalibaf said:

TEHRAN: Qalibaf: ‘IAEA no longer to access images of Iran nuclear sites: He said the Majlis is fully resolved to implement its Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, which has tasked the administration with suspending extra commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal’

Sunday, 23 May 2021 11:35 AM  [ Last Update: Sunday, 23 May 2021 11:35 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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“From May 22 and with the end of the three-month agreement, the agency will have no access to data collected by cameras inside the nuclear facilities agreed under the agreement, and cannot transfer them,” Qalibaf told the parliament Sunday.

The decision, Qalibaf said, is backed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

IAEA says Iran enriched uranium to up to 63% purity

IAEA says Iran enriched uranium to up to 63% purityThe IAEA says samples taken from Natanz nuclear facility show Iran has enriched uranium to up to 63 percent, adding that the purity level is “consistent with the fluctuations” announced by the Islamic Republic.

Last December, Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions. 

The law tasked the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) with producing and storing at least 120 kilograms of enriched uranium with a 20-percent purity level every year and raising enrichment beyond 20 percent according to the country’s needs.

In February, Iran and the IAEA reached a technical understanding under which Iran agreed to keep the camera footage of its nuclear sites for three months in a goodwill gesture, waiting to see if the other parties to the nuclear deal can bring the US back into full compliance with the accord.

That deadline expired on Saturday, with the prospects of bringing Washington back to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal is officially known, looking uncertain.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of the Iranian delegation to the Vienna talks, told Japan’s NHK channel on Friday that the Islamic Republic may consider extending the deal with the IAEA on inspection of its nuclear sites.

Iran’s chief negotiator: Resumption of Additional Protocol implementation ‘predicated on sanctions lifting'

Iran’s chief negotiator: Resumption of Additional Protocol implementation ‘predicated on sanctions lifting’Iran’s chief negotiator says Tehran’s resumption of the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol is “predicated” on the lifting of sanctions.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi is going to hold a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

Senior diplomats from Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA are in Vienna for negotiations on a potential revitalization of the deal, and an effective removal of the US sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

The United States, under former president Donald Trump, left the JCPOA in May 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted on Iran.

Tehran responded to the US noncompliance through taking a series of remedial measures envisaged in the nuclear deal if in case the other side did not observe its obligations.

Iran has insisted that it would observe its commitments only after the US removed all its sanctions in one step and Tehran could verify it. 

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(VIENNA) JCPOA REPORT: Iran & China Meeting was held in the residence of Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi’s residence discuss Nuclear Deal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.15: Meetings and consultations among the Iranian and the G4+1 countries in the framework of trilateral, bilateral and multilateral meetings continue in Vienna aimed at contributing to the faster resolving of the issue:

TEHRAN: May 14, IRNA – Head of the Iranian and Chinese delegations to Vienna reviewed important issues regarding Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): Earlier, heads of diplomatic delegations of Iran, Russia and China to the JCPOA Joint Commission held a trilateral meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

Iran, China discuss JCPOA in Vienna
JCPOA REPORT:

May 14, 2021

On Tuesday, the head of the Iranian delegation Abbas Araghchi had a meeting with Enrique Mora, the deputy secretary general of the EU foreign relations office and the heads of the three EU delegations in the negotiations.

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(WASHINGTON) USCG REPORT: A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.14: This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year:

Iranian vessels ‘acting very aggressively’ harass US ships in Strait of Hormuz, US ship fires 30 warning shots

“U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels,” by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, Reuters, May 11, 2021:

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning shots from a .50-caliber machine gun before the Iranian vessels left, Kirby said.

“It’s significant… and they were acting very aggressively,” he said, adding that the number of Iranian vessels was more than in the recent past….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.14: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Report: A federal jury convicted an Iranian citizen and a resident of the United Arab Emirates and Germany, for scheming to obtain military sensitive parts for Iran in violation of the Iranian Trade Embargo #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.09: According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Mehrdad Ansari, 39, of Iran, attempted to transship and transshipped cargo obtained from the U.S. by co-defendants Taiwanese citizen Susan Yip, aka Susan Yeh, and Iranian citizen Mehrdad Foomanie, aka Frank Foomanie, using Ansari’s company Gulf Gate Sea Cargo LLC, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

WASHINGTON: ‘Jury Convicts Iranian National for Illegally Exporting Military Sensitive Items: These parts had dual-use military and civilian capability and could be used in systems such as nuclear weapons, missile guidance and development, secure tactical radio communications, offensive electronic warfare, military electronic countermeasures (radio jamming), and radar warning and surveillance systems’

From Oct. 9, 2007 to June 15, 2011, the defendants obtained or attempted to obtain from companies worldwide over 105,000 parts valued at approximately $2,630,800 involving more than 1,250 transactions. The defendants conducted 599 transactions with 63 different U.S. companies in which they obtained or attempted to obtain parts from U.S. companies without notifying the companies these parts were being shipped to Iran or getting the required U.S. government license to ship these parts to Iran.

At no time did Yip, Foomanie or Ansari, individually or through any of their companies, ever apply for or receive either a required U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license or Department of Commerce export license to ship any item listed in this indictment to the Republic of Iran.

Iranian Transaction Regulations prohibit, among other things, the exportation, re-exportation, sale or supply, directly or indirectly, to Iran or the Government of Iran, of any goods, technology or services from the U.S. or by a U.S. person. The embargo also prohibits any transaction by any U.S. person or within the U.S. that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, any prohibition set forth in the Executive Orders.

Ansari was convicted of one count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian Transaction Regulations (ITR), one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of the Treasury and two counts of aiding and abetting the making of false statements. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 1 and faces a up to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to violate Iranian Trade Regulations; up to 5 years for conspiracy to commit wire fraud; up to 5 years for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and up to 5 years on each count of the aiding and abetting the making of false statements. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

In October 2012, Yip was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the ITR by acting as a broker and conduit for Foomanie to buy items in the U.S. and have them unlawfully shipped to Iran. Mehrdad Foomanie remains a fugitive.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg, William R. Harris and Kelly Stevenson are prosecuting the case, with valuable assistance provided by Deputy Chief for Export Control and Sanctions Elizabeth Cannon of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.09: 2021:

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: An intellegence report says Iran, Syria & Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction according to the Jerusalem Post #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: A German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.” Iran has never slowed down, and no deal will stop it:

German intelligence: Iran, Syria, and Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction: The Jerusalem Post reviewed the 380-page intelligence document which contains 28 references to the Islamic Republic. The report lists additional threats to Bavaria’s democracy.

“Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons – German intelligence report,” by Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2021:

The German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.

“Proliferation-relevant states like Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional arsenal of weapons through the production or constant modernization of weapons of mass destruction,” wrote the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the formal name for the domestic intelligence agency.

“In order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components, these states are trying to establish business contacts to companies in high-technology countries like Germany,” said the Bavarian intelligence report in its section on weapons of mass destruction.

The German agency is the rough equivalent of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

The intelligence report defines proliferation as “the unauthorized spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction or the products used for their manufacture as well as the corresponding weapon carrier systems, including the necessary know-how.”

With respect to the section of the report on the Islamic Republic’s espionage activities, the intelligence document stated that “Germany remains in the focus of intelligence activities. This includes information from foreign and security policy as well as business and science. An additional focus [of Iran’s intelligence services] is the observation of, and fight against, opposition groups domestically and abroad.”

Hezbollah, the Iranian regime’s chief strategic ally in the Middle East, has 30 members in Bavaria….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.02: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) The Daily Mail states: “But under Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, amputation of limbs is considered a suitable punishment for theft.” As five men could have them removed for theft #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: The Iranians are only amputating fingers. They’re moderate: In any case, this is the Sharia. When you suggest it is not compatible with Western values, you’re guilty of “bigotry.”

Sharia in action in Iran: Five men to have fingers amputated for theft: “Five men face having their fingers amputated for stealing under brutal Islamic penal code in Iran,” by Adam Barnett, MailOnline, April 22, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Five men in Iran could have their fingers amputated as a punishment for stealing under the country’s brutal Islamic penal code. 

Behnam Sina and four others were found guilty of breaking into 22 homes across Tehran, the capital city. 

The men are being held at Branch Ten of the Criminal Court of Tehran and have contested the charges, admitting to only a few of the burglaries. 

But under Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, amputation of limbs is considered a suitable punishment for theft.

Of the 22 households burgled, eight were present during the court hearing. 

Six of the households demanded the return of their stolen property and called for the amputation of the thieves’ fingers if the property could not be returned. 

At least one other victim might seek amputation as punishment in place of the return of their stolen money and gold. 

The final decision on sentencing has yet to be made by the Tehran court….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.29: 2021:

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(VIENNA) JCPOA REPORT: April 17, 2021 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — A Chinese envoy to U.N on Saturday urged all parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, to immediately start negotiating the specific formula of sanction-lifting #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: The new strategic alliance between Iran and China represents a serious threat to the West, particularly at a time where America is bereft of leadership. The Biden Administration is a global laughingstock, which has offered Iran and China a clear path to expanding their influence.

JCPOA Meeting: Chinese envoy at nuke talks urges all parties to immediately lift sanctions on Iran: ‘The red-green axis has been consistently undermining Western democracies for years. Recently, Iran and China signed a 25-year strategic deal which virtually neutralizes American pressure on Iran to curtail its efforts toward a nuclear bomb. The deal heightens Iran’s ambitions for regional hegemony and beyond’

Lifting sanctions on Iran will speed up Iran’s efforts toward a nuclear bomb. Iran has openly admitted to breaching the Obama nuke deal, and Netanyahu provided extensive evidence that the Iran deal was based on lies.

“Chinese envoy urges parties to Iran nuke deal to immediately start negotiating sanction-lifting formula,” Xinhua, April 17, 2021:

Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, made the appeal here after attending a new round of meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission.

“China has drawn much encouragement that the Joint Commission has, over the two days, come back to its normal track with productive and constructive work,” he said.

“China maintains that all U.S. sanctions should be lifted immediately,” be it sanctions against Iran, or its long-arm jurisdiction measures on third-party entities and individuals, including those on the Chinese, he noted.

China believes that the Joint Commission should continue to focus on the “more substantive work” of sanction-lifting through the two major processes — the nuclear implementation and sanctions-lifting working groups’ work, and the “proximity talks” with the United States, said the envoy.

According to him, China will continue to work with all parties concerned to push the U.S. and Iran to resume negotiations on the implementation of the JCPOA for early and tangible results……

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.23: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: On Tuesday night, a number of semi-official and official Iranian media sources shared a report claiming that an intelligence and special operations center in northern Iraq allegedly belonging to the Mossad was attacked by an “unidentified group.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: And the Iranians were quick to announce that they had launched an attack on what they describe as a Mossad intelligence center in Kurdish Iraq, and caused many casualties among its “Israeli forces.” It was an attempt to persuade both its own people, and the rest of the world, that Iran was able to strike back at once and inflict significant damage on Israel.

Iran, Humiliated By Natanz, Claims It Hit ‘Mossad’ Site In Iraq: The Iranians are smarting from the latest Mossad attack, which destroyed much of its new centrifuge plant, built 50 meters underground, at Natanz. There have been dire threats from Iran about taking its revenge on Israel. The report on the supposed attack is here: “Iranian media spreads report of attack on alleged Mossad center in Iraq,” by Tzvi Joffre, Jerusalem Post, April 14, 2021:

On Tuesday night, a number of semi-official and official Iranian media sources shared a report claiming that an intelligence and special operations center in northern Iraq allegedly belonging to the Mossad was attacked by an “unidentified group.”

The Iranian reports claimed that “Israeli forces” were injured or killed in the alleged attack and promised to release more details and footage “soon.” As of Wednesday [April 14] morning, no further details nor footage has been released.

A report on the alleged incident shared by the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency claimed that “Iraqi media and sources have repeatedly warned about the activities of Zionist elements” in the Iraqi Kurdistan area.

The report was not confirmed by any official sources, but has been published by the semi-official Fars News Agency, Al-Alam News, which is owned by Iran’s state media corporation, and Press TV, an English-language news network run by the Iranian government.

The Iranian reports gave no details, only reporting that an attack on “an intelligence and special operations center” belonging to Mossad had taken place. According to Iraqi Kurdish sources, such baseless claims about the existence of a “Mossad center” in Iraqi Kurdistan have been made before. In Iran’s brief report, nothing was revealed about the attackers, described only as an “unidentified group.” Nothing was said about where the attack took place beyond “northern Iraq.” Nothing further has been said to support the claim that there have been casualties among “Israeli forces,” even though the Iranian government promised to release “more details and footage.” There has been no release of any footage – not of the building that was supposedly Iran’s target, and not of the killed and wounded Israelis. There was no mention of how the attack took place – was it a bombing, drones, cyberwarfare, Iranian agents on the ground? It was, of course, a fantasy produced by the Iranians to save face, to let their own people and the world know that they had dealt a heavy blow to the Jewish state as retaliation for its attack on the underground facility at Natanz.

It took less than a day for the Iraqi Kurds to deny the story. Just a day after the Iranian Fars news agency had reported on that attack on a “Mossad center” in northern Iraq, the Iraqi Kurds announced that there had been no such attack. A spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government denied reports of an alleged attack on a Mossad center in northern Iraq as “completely false” on Wednesday morning, stating that this isn’t the first time claims have been made that an Israeli intelligence center is located in Kurdistan, according to Iraqi media.

“The purpose of publishing such reports is clearly a conspiracy against the region and its political process,” added the spokesman.

That unambiguous denial of any such Iranian attack on a “Mossad center” by the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq apparently convinced the Iranians to drop their claim – it was being received with too much skepticism in the region, and outright denial in Iraqi Kurdistan, making Iran look ridiculous.

President Rouhani took a different tack. He said at a televised cabinet meeting that the answer to Israel’s Natanz attack would not take the form of violent retaliation; Iran had another, better way to strike back: “Of course, the security and intelligence officials must give the final reports, but apparently it is the crime of the Zionists, and if the Zionists act against our nation, we will answer it. Our response to their malice is replacing the damaged centrifuges with more advanced ones and ramping up the enrichment to 60% at the Natanz facility.”

Such an “answer,” in the form of uranium enriched to a level of 60%, relieves Iran of the need to strike back violently against the Jewish state, which would only prompt Israel to respond with a far more devastating blow, to which the Iranians would not dare to respond. Enriching uranium to that higher level of purity is a move that will satisfy the Iranian public that “something is being done to answer the Zionists” and yet should not trigger a violent response from Israel. And another calculation by Iran might be this: the Biden Administration, already so disposed to appeasing the Islamic Republic, will want to reward Iran for its “restraint” in its non-violent answer to Israel’s latest devastating blow at Natanz. What better way to reward Iran for holding back than to accede to its demand that some U.S. sanctions be removed before Iran re-commits to any part of the 2015 nuclear deal?

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(IRAQ) JUST IN: Five rockets targeted an Iraqi airbase hosting US soldiers Sunday, wounding two foreign contractors and three Iraqi soldiers, in the latest attack coinciding with tensions between Baghdad’s allies Tehran & Washington AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: Weakness is an open-season invitation to bullies. With the Biden Administration in power, US troops abroad are under more risks from jihadists, particularly those linked to Iran.

Iraq: Five injured as jihadis with suspected ties to Iran launch rockets on airbase housing Americans: Shadowy Shiite armed groups aligned with Iran,” demanding a pullout date for American troops in Iraq, are the key suspects Five injured as rockets hit Iraqi air base housing by Mahmoud Saleh, AFP, April 18, 2021:

Two of the rockets fired at Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, crashed into a dormitory and a canteen of US company Sallyport, a security source told AFP.

Two foreign contractors and three Iraqi soldiers were wounded, the source added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the United States routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

F-16 fighters are stationed at the Balad airbase, and several maintenance companies are present there, employing Iraqi and foreign staff.

There have been around 20 bomb or rocket attacks against American interests, including bases hosting US soldiers, since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

Dozens of others took place from the autumn of 2019 under the administration of Donald Trump.

Two Americans and an Iraqi civilian have been killed in such attacks since late 2019.

An Iraqi civilian working for a firm maintaining US fighter jets for the Iraq air force was also wounded in one attack.

The Balad base was also targeted earlier this month, without causing any casualties.

The attacks are sometimes claimed by shadowy Shiite armed groups aligned with Iran who are demanding the Biden administration set a pullout date for Iraq as it has for Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, an explosives-packed drone slammed into Iraq’s Arbil airport in the first reported use of such a weapon against a base used by US-led coalition troops in the country, officials said….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) LATEST: The Iranian Kayhan newspaper reported on Sunday that Tehran has asked the International Police (Interpol) to help arrest a person suspected of having a role in the Natanz nuclear reactor incident #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: This person is 43 years old, and after his identity was revealed, the necessary measures were taken through Interpol to arrest and return him.”

Iranian media claims Iran issued an arrest warrant for Natanz nuclear reactor suspect: Saudi Arabia rejects Iran’s presence in Syria, demands end of ‘sectarian project’ The newspaper said, “The Iranian intelligence and judicial agencies are currently trying to arrest him and return him to the country.”

As of Sunday, the man identified as Reza Karimi has not shown up on the INTERPOL website:

On Saturday, Iranian television published a picture of the person involved in the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, indicating that Karimi was an Iranian citizen, and that he was 43 years old.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that his country would respond to Israel at the appropriate time and place to the Natanz attack, indicating that the incident would have led to a disaster and a crime against humanity if it led to radioactive contamination.

The Israeli public radio reported, citing intelligence sources, as saying that the Mossad behind the Natanz incident.

A spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, confirmed that the electricity distribution network at the Natanz facility had had an incident, while the head of the organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the incident was an act of sabotage, describing it as “a heinous move and condemned nuclear terrorism.”

In the wake of the Natanz attack, Iran announced that it would raise the level of uranium enrichment to 60%, and the Atomic Energy Organization confirmed that this would start last Friday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.20: 2021;

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(TEHRAN) Iran & Russia Report: Holding of high-level talks on bilateral ties, the region, and Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers during Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov’s trip to Tehran on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: In a meeting with Lavrov, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran wishes to expand regional cooperation with Russia on Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen in order to help establish stability and combat American interventions.

Iran and Russia engage in high-level talks, discuss combating US interventions in Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen: Iran which has been boasting of its military might, insisting that the US lift sanctions. It has signed a 25-year strategic deal with China, and is now engaging in high-level talks with Russia “in order to help establish stability and combat American interventions.” America is losing its global influence, with results that could be catastrophic.

“Iran and Russia discuss ties, the Middle East, and nuclear deal,” by Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera, April 13, 2021:

He also called for more defence and military cooperation,especially as a United Nations Security Council arms embargo on Iran ended in October 2020.

“Opening the Zionist regime’s foothold to the Persian Gulf region as a destabilising and tension-creating element will be a dangerous act,” Rouhani said of Israel, which Iran has accused of orchestrating “nuclear terrorism” on its facilities at Natanz on Sunday.

The president further said Iran and Russia should also boost bilateral economic activity, especially using private companies, in the oil, energy, transportation, and nuclear sectors.

He called on Russia to accelerate the process of delivering more doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 to Iran and said Iran is eager to finalise a plan to establish a joint vaccine manufacturing line with Russia.

Iran has so far received more than half a million doses of the vaccine, and has had difficulty in administering it as the first and second doses of Sputnik V – that need to be injected 21 days apart – are different.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, was also a main topic of talks as multilateral talks in Vienna to restore the deal the US abandoned in 2018 will continue on Wednesday.

Rouhani said Iran wants conditions of the landmark accord to be restored to what they were in 2015 when it was originally signed.

“We are neither willing to accept anything less nor wish to achieve anything more,” the president said.

Lavrov told Rouhani that Russia is of the same opinion as Iran on the fact the US must come back into full compliance with the JCPOA, and that trying to add new conditions to the deal would not be acceptable, according to the president’s website….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: Iran named a suspect Saturday in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there, saying he had fled the country before the sabotage happened after they enriched uranium to 60% amid talks in Vienna due to continue #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: The attack Sunday, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, has inflamed a shadow war between the two nations. Iran has begun enriching a small amount of uranium up to 60% purity — its highest level ever — in response amid talks in Vienna aimed at saving its tattered nuclear deal with world powers:

Iran names suspect in Natanz nuclear site attack, says he fled country: ‘State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi. It showed a passport-style photograph of a man it identified as Karimi, saying he was born in the nearby city of Kashan, Iran’

April 17, 2021 12:37: Arab News Sources:

The report did not elaborate how Karimi would have gotten access to one of the most secure facilities in the Islamic Republic: The report also aired what appeared to be an Interpol “red notice” seeking his arrest.

The arrest notice was not immediately accessible on Interpol’s public-facing database. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment: The TV report said “necessary actions” are underway to bring him back to Iran through legal channels, without elaborating. The supposed Interpol “red notice” listed his travel history as including Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Ethiopia, Qatar, Turkey, Uganda, Romania and another country that was illegible.
The report also showed centrifuges in a hall, as well as what appeared to be caution tape up at the Natanz facility.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.18: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) JUST IN: Iran’s atomic energy organisation said on Sunday the Natanz nuclear facility was hit by a terrorist act, hours after it said an “accident” had caused a power failure there #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.12: Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Iran Atomic Energy Organisation (IAEO), condemned a “futile” act, while urging the international community to “confront this anti-nuclear terrorism”, in a statement carried by state television:

Iran atomic agency says nuclear facility hit by act of ‘terrorism’ The episode came a day after the Islamic republic said it had started up advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges at the site, in a breach of its commitments under a troubled 2015 deal with world powers according to the Jordan Times

The attack was carried out by “opponents of the country’s industrial and political progress, who aim to prevent development of a thriving nuclear industry”, he said, without specifying what country or entity might be behind the alleged sabotage.

IAEO spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi had earlier reported an accident at the enrichment facility caused by a “power failure”. No-one was injured and there was no radioactive release, the official Fars news agency reported, citing the spokesman.

Kamalvandi said there had been “an accident in part of the electrical circuit of the enrichment facility” at the Natanz complex near Tehran.

“The causes of the accident are under investigation and more details will be released later,” he added, before the later statement put out by the agency’s chief.

He did not say whether power was cut only in the enrichment facility or across other installations at the site.

Malek Chariati, spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s energy commission, took to Twitter to allege sabotage.

“This incident, coming [the day after] National Nuclear Technology Day, as Iran endeavours to press the West into lifting sanctions, is strongly suspected to be sabotage or infiltration,” Chariati said.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had on Saturday inaugurated a cascade of centrifuges for enriching uranium and two test cascades at Natanz, in a ceremony broadcast by state television.

An Israeli public broadcast journalist, Amichai Stein, said on Twitter “the assessment is that the fault” at Natanz is the “result of an Israeli cyber operation”, without elaborating or providing evidence to corroborate his claim.

‘Terrorist sabotage’

Iran’s president had on Saturday also inaugurated a replacement factory at Natanz, after an explosion at a facility making advanced centrifuges there last July.

Iranian authorities likewise blamed the July incident on “sabotage” by “terrorists”, but have not released the results of their investigation into it.

The equipment inaugurated on Saturday enables quicker enrichment of uranium and in higher quantities, to levels that violate Iran’s commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal it agreed with the five permanent United Nations Security Council powers, plus Germany.

The administration of then-US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from this multilateral nuclear accord in 2018 and reimposed biting sanctions on Iran.

Iran later responded by progressively rolling back its own commitments under the agreement.

Trump’s successor Joe Biden has said he is prepared to return to the deal, arguing it had — until Washington’s withdrawal — been successful in dramatically scaling back Iran’s nuclear activities.

Iran’s latest move to step up uranium enrichment follows an opening round of talks in Vienna Tuesday with representatives of the remaining parties to the nuclear deal on bringing the US back into it.

The Vienna talks are focused not only on lifting the crippling economic sanctions Trump reimposed, but also on bringing Iran back into compliance.

Iran’s nemesis Israel has always been implacably opposed to the 2015 accord.

In November last year, Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed by machine gun fire while travelling on a highway outside Tehran.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said a satellite-controlled gun with “artificial intelligence” was used in the attack, which Tehran blamed on Israel.

Uranium enrichment can produce the fuel for a nuclear reactor, or in highly extended form, the fissile core of an atomic warhead. It is one of the most sensitive nuclear activities carried out by Iran.

Rouhani had again underlined at Saturday’s ceremony that Tehran’s nuclear programme is solely for “peaceful” purposes.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.12: 2021:

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(VIENNA) JCPOA REPORT: After meeting : Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said any US claim to having removed Iran’s sanctions must be verified by Tehran and this means that the ‘Islamic Republic’ should be able to sell its oil under normal conditions and receive its money #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: Imam Khamenei’s Instagram account also released a video in which His Eminence reiterated that Tehran is in no hurry for Washington to come back to the nuclear agreement.

Imam Khamenei: Verification of US Sanctions Removal Means Iran Should Be Able to Sell Its Oil: The talks, taking place in Vienna in the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are chaired by an official appointed by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

Imam Khamenei’s remarks came in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday as an Iranian negotiating team is in the Austrian capital city of Vienna to discuss conditions for the revival of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], with other signatories to the deal: https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/72596
Reuters Wire News, [Apr 9, 2021 at 12:35 PM]

Iran nuclear deal participants to continue talks next week- EU BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Officials from Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain will continue talks on the return of the United States to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran next week, after “constructive exchanges” this week, the European Union said on Friday.

Imam Khamenei

“Verification [of US sanctions removal] means [being capable of] selling oil in an official manner, with ease and under normal conditions, and its money be received by Iran,” His Eminence added.

His Eminence added that the signatories of the nuclear agreement failed to abide by their commitments under the deal, noting that the decision by the Iranian government and parliament to rollback Tehran’s nuclear commitments was right.

Imam Khamenei stated that commitment on one side should be reciprocated by commitment on the other side and the US must remove all sanctions if the West wants Iran to return to JCPOA compliance.

His Eminence also noted that Tehran will return to full compliance with the nuclear deal once it verifies sanctions have been really removed by the US.

Imam Khamenei said other signatories to the deal have no right to set conditions for Tehran as long as they have not fulfilled their obligations, emphasizing that this is Iran’s definitive policy from which Tehran will not step back.

The United States began imposing heavy economic sanctions against Iran in 2018 after former US President Donald Trump scrapped the JCPOA, which was signed by Iran and world powers, as a result of which Iran was barred from economic transactions with the rest of the world, including selling its oil and receiving its money.

While the Trump administration described its anti-Iran measures as the “maximum pressure” policy, Tehran slammed the measures as “economic war,” “economic terrorism” and also “medical terrorism,” maintaining that the sanctions have severely harmed Iranians but failed to bring the nation to its knees.

The new US administration of Joe Biden has conceded that the so-called maximum pressure campaign has failed, promising to replace it with a new policy, but it has so far failed to take any practical steps in that direction and has actually followed suit with Trump-era policies toward Iran.

Iran remained fully compliant with the deal for an entire year but as the remaining European parties failed to fulfill their end of the bargain, Tehran began in May 2019 to scale back its JCPOA commitments in several steps under Articles 26 and 36 of the accord covering Tehran’s legal rights.

Source: Iranian Agencies

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