New findings suggest that the Iranian regime has violated the Iran nuclear deal for some time; At least one of the sites where traces of radioactive material was found was cited by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu months ago.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) uncovered new evidence over the weekend that suggests the Iranians have long violated the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. Inspectors from the IAEA found traces of radioactive material in at least two locations that the Iranian regime restricted access to in 2020.
While the nature of the findings remains unknown, Tehran’s claim of a peaceful nuclear program remains under scrutiny after these findings that were undeclared by the Islamic Republic. And this isn’t the first time that the IAEA has uncovered violations of the deal. In 2019, a separate discovery led to their request for expanded access.
In 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited one of these locations as a place where the Iranians had violated the JCPOA. The tests in the fall of 2020 were expected to yield results several months later, hence this new revelation. The regime has publicly violated the terms repeatedly since the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the deal in 2018. Most recently, Tehran upped the rate of uranium enrichment from less than 5% to 20%.
The IAEA is reportedly in talks with the Iranians for an explanation concerning its find.