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KT edit: Trust deficit with Iran

Filed on September 7, 2020

Since the US formally exited the nuclear deal, Iran has been reneging on its commitments and increasing the stockpile of enriched uranium

Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, the country's leadership has consistently focused on expanding its influence in the region. No one is sure of the intentions of the Iranian leadership that has kept the world guessing about its ulterior motives. There is distrust at the regional level, and suspicion at the global level for the regime that has consistently meddled in the domestic affairs of its neighbours and stoked instability in the Middle East. In 2015, when the world powers came together to offer Iran and its people a bailout plan from the various sanctions, one of the salient features of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was restrictions on the enrichment of uranium, which is used to make reactor fuel and also nuclear weapons. 

Since the US formally exited the nuclear deal, Iran has been reneging on its commitments and increasing the stockpile of enriched uranium. The International Atomic Energy Agency has now found out that Iran's uranium stockpile is 10 times higher than the limits set by the 2015 deal. It is worrisome. The limits on uranium enrichment matter. Higher levels could pose long-term proliferation risk, putting at stake the work countries such as the UAE are doing to resolve conflicts and paving way for peace and development. Conflicts, for long, have kept the region on the boil. Corrupt leaders have benefitted, and common people have suffered. Iran is a classic example of this. People are out in the streets, fighting for their survival and basic needs as the leadership focuses its time and capital on fuelling proxy wars. The region will flourish only when there is trust among countries. Tehran should see reason in diplomacy than covert acts, for the sake of its country, its people and the region.

 

 


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