The US no longer prioritizes a nuclear deal with Iran: “Now we must prevent the supply of Iranian weapons to Russia”

Robert Malley, United States special envoy for Iran (EFE/Yuval Molina) (EFEI0023/)

The special envoy of USA for Iran, Robert Malleyconsider that IIran has no intention of returning to the nuclear deal which signed with the international community in 2015 -and right now practically suspended since the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018-, and has recommended that Washington focus on preventing the supply of Iranian weapons to Russia in the war of Ukraine and in supporting the demonstrators during the current protests in the country.

Iran is not interested in a deal and now we are focused on other things. We can make a difference in cutting off arms supplies to Russia and in trying to support the fundamental aspirations of the Iranian people.” in the protests against the death in custody of the young Mahsa Amini for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly, and which have resulted in between 200 and 400 deaths since September.

Talks for Iran’s return to the nuclear deal are virtually at a standstill. The Nuclear Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, Last month, it denounced Iran’s impediments when examining its facilities, while Tehran has requested an end to these visits as a condition, among other unacceptable conditions for the US, to return to the agreement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15, 2022 (Reuters) (SPUTNIK/)

“What’s the point of this? Why should we focus on this issue if Iran responds with unacceptable demands?”Malley asked himself in an interview with Bloomberg in Rome. “At this point”, he confessed, we are not going to focus on the nuclear agreement because we cannot return to the table so that they play it all the time”.

Malley has specified that, although the conversations between the European Union and the Iranian officials are still on the move, as demonstrated by the conversation held this weekend between the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hosein Amirabdolahian, there have been no formal negotiations since the end of August.

Now, US to focus on ‘disrupting, delaying and sanctioning’ Iranian arms deliveries to RussiaAccording to the envoy, before warning if Iran tries to build facilities in Russia to manufacture weapons “it will be crossing new lines.”

FILE PHOTO: An Iranian cleric stands near a drone during a military exercise at an undisclosed location in Iran (Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: An Iranian cleric stands near a drone during a military exercise in an undisclosed location in Iran (Reuters) (WANA NEWS AGENCY /)

Iran will build a new nuclear power plant

The iranian regime It is close to the beginning of the construction of its new Darjovein nuclear power plant. The new plant, which represents an alarming advance in its atomic plan, will be located in the province of Khuzestanin the southwest of the country, and it takes decades of planning, dating back even to the period before the Islamic revolution of 1979.

The work will cost about USD 2 billion and it will take eight years to complete, so will open in 2030. His plans had been announced 14 years ago. Only Iranian companies will be in charge of the construction.

The head of the national nuclear agency, Mohamed Eslamivisited the place together with a delegation to examine the final preparations prior to the start of the works, the semi-official Iranian news agency reported. ISNA.

The reactor at the plant, located on the border with Iraq, near the Karun River, will have a capacity of 300 megawatts.

This recent announcement comes against a sensitive background regarding Iran’s nuclear capability. In the last weeks, Tehran announced that it started producing uranium enriched to a purity of 60% in its underground facility fordo, which is added to Natans. This advancement in his program places him just a brief technical step from 90% enrichment, used in atomic weaponry.

According to experts, the country already has enough 60% uranium to be converted into material for, at least, a nuclear bomb. However, the official news agency IRNA declined to give details on production and storage quantities.

The quarterly report of the United Nations atomic control agency reported that, as of October 22, Iran had an estimated 62.3 kilograms of this material, whose percentage of fusionable purity reaches 60 percent. This figure represents an increase of 6.7 kilograms since the last report released in September.

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