Tehran will step up its commitment to nuclear science, has sworn the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), detonating attempts by its so-called “enemies” to curb the republic’s atomic advance Islamic.
Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday, Mohammad Eslami pledged that Tehran would continue to strengthen its atom-related activities, and noted that the country is “Seeing considerable success” already in this area.
Eslami slammed “The widespread efforts of enemies to prevent scientific development in the country”. According to him, the enemies of Iran have also restricted the educational activities of Iranian students in the nuclear field at high-ranking universities abroad.
The nuclear chief has promised that Iran “take special measures” and that “All capacities will be used for this purpose”, stressing that more efforts must be devoted to this area from a scientific and technological point of view.
AEOI chief’s comments come just days after Tehran agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to cameras at Iranian nuclear power plants – previously banned by the nation from the Middle-East. The meeting, which took place between Eslami and Rafael Grossi, IAEA Director General, was hailed as having reaffirmed “The spirit of cooperation”.
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Negotiations are still underway between Western countries and Iran regarding the cessation of uranium enrichment by the country. Tehran broke the terms of its 2015 atomic deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after Washington unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under then-US President Donald Trump and imposed sanctions on the republic.
Joe Biden’s administration is keen to mend the broken deal, but Iran has repeatedly said Washington’s sanctions against Tehran must come first. The White House, however, is determined to maintain the sanctions unless Iran is prepared to fully comply with the conditions set out in the JCPOA.
Eslami was sanctioned in 2008 by the United Nations for “Be engaged, directly associated with or provide support to Iran’s nuclear activities sensitive to the proliferation or development of nuclear weapons vectors”.
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