Iran nuclear program talks have been suspended, according to the UN’s atomic energy agency.


Iran nuclear program talks have been suspended, according to the UN’s atomic energy agency.

According to AFP, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has declared that negotiations with Iran about the latter’s nuclear program have come to an end.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is the UN’s watchdog on nuclear energy, and Iran have had a strained relationship in recent years due to IAEA claims that Iran has disabled monitoring equipment at its nuclear facilities and prevented IAEA inspectors from entering the country.

Iran nuclear program talks have been suspended
The relationship between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations (UN) has been tense in recent years

According to the IAEA, which was also cited by the AFP, Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has beyond the 30-fold threshold established in the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

The historic agreement that Iran signed with the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany is known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. In exchange for Iran restricting its sensitive nuclear activity and enabling inspectors to keep an eye on its nuclear sites, the deal loosened sanctions against Iran. 2018 saw the withdrawal of the agreement by then-US President Donald Trump, and 2019 saw Iran violate the provisions of the agreement as well.

According to VOA News, the IAEA stated in its quarterly report from earlier this year that Iran possessed an estimated 121.5 kg of uranium refined to a purity of 60%. This was only a notch below 90% pure weapons-grade uranium.

Because of its nuclear weapons development, Iran and the West have had a strained relationship for a long time. The West has long believed that Iran is developing nuclear weapons technology. Iran could produce a nuclear weapon within months after making such a commitment, according to General Mark Milly, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, who made this statement in March 2023.

“Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon in approximately 10-15 days from the time of a national decision,” stated Milley. “It would only take several months to produce an actual nuclear weapon.” As a matter of policy, the United States is still adamant that Iran will not possess nuclear weapons. The US military has created a number of solutions for our national leadership to consider, if or when Iran decides to develop a nuclear weapon.”

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