Soltanieh: Iran`s Adversaries To Continue Killing Iranian Citizens

30.12.2020

In November 2020, one of the "fathers of the Iranian nuclear program," academic physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Iran. In response to the incident, Iran has accelerated the adoption of a law to increase the level of uranium enrichment. In an interview with intern at PIR Center Maria Bondareva, former Iranian Permanent Representative to the IAEA and other international organizations in Vienna Ali Asghar Soltanieh spoke about the consequences of the relevant events.

“Iran's retaliatory actions will follow, but will not be symmetrical, since the assassination of scientists is opposed to any moral and religious beliefs. Iran will be ready to prevent and neutralize aggression from its opponents in the future, and now intends to continue the Fakhrizadeh case and develop its own nuclear program, which is stipulated by "Strategic Action Plan to Counter the Sanctions," approved by the Guardian Council on December 2.”

“Iran does not intend to agree to any changes and amendments to the JCPOA, whether it concerns the timeframe for the implementation or limitation clauses. Iran is also categorical on the missile program perceived as a red line, and if Biden attempts to cross it, it would have grave consequences. If the United States maintains its aggressive political stance, Iran does not exclude the possibility of withdrawing from the JCPOA and even the NPT.”

Vladimir Orlov and Sergei Semenov prepared a column assessing the status of the dialogue in the field of arms control for the Kommersant newspaper: “Instead of concluding the unified START-4 Treaty, it is better to build a system of "strategic equations," whose elements would provide the opportunity of bringing third states to the negotiation table. At the same time, it is not so much specific numerical limitations that are important as mechanisms to ensure predictability in relation to all elements of the "security equation": both traditional and new strategic systems, missile defense systems, intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.”

Artyom Kvartalnov analyzed the current state of the nuclear power industry in the United States: “In April 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy released the report "Restoring America's Competitive Nuclear Advantage." The report offers an alarmist assessment of the American nuclear industry status. It is noted that America’s uranium mines are close to its folding while the only uranium conversion facility operates on a stand-by basis and may also be shut down.”

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