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Talk in Iran about change in nuclear weapons policy must stop

2024.05.15, 12:55
Talk in Iran about change in nuclear weapons policy must stop

Loose talk within Iran about abandoning the country’s prohibition on possessing nuclear weapons is very worrying and needs to stop, Rafael Grossi, the head of the UN nuclear inspectorate, has said.

As a result of Iran’s military confrontation with Israel last month an increasing number of senior Iranian politicians have been calling for the country to develop nuclear weapons to match those they believe Israel has secretly developed.

Speaking to the Guardian, Grossi, who is director general of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA), said the “loose talk about nuclear weapons is extremely serious for me. And I think it should stop. We are moving closer to a situation where there is a big, huge question mark about what they are doing and why they are doing it.”

Kamal Kharazi, the supreme leader’s foreign policy adviser and a former Iranian foreign minister, threatened a shift to nuclear deterrence if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities. “We have no decision to build a nuclear bomb but should Iran’s existence be threatened, there will be no choice but to change our military doctrine,” Kharazi said.

Grossi said that the status of the agreement with Iran on inspecting its civil nuclear programme is “in a very tight spot”.

He revealed he is trying to negotiate detailed deeper understandings, but not a new written agreement to replace that signed in March 2023, with the Iranians on what his inspectors will be allowed to see and inspect before another meeting of the IAEA board of governors in June. A censure motion would signal a new crisis with Iran, and possible withdrawal by Iran from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.




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