Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 20, 2024

Iran’s 2015 Nuclear Agreement Now Seen As Inconsequential: U.N. Watchdog

Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, declared that Iran's 2015 nuclear deal is ineffective and only exists on paper.

Rafael Grossi, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has asserted that the JCPOA “exists only on paper and means nothing.”

Breitbart News reported that the deal, originally formulated by former President Barack Obama, was never submitted to Congress for ratification. Efforts to revive the deal have repeatedly failed, and tensions remain high as Iran increases its uranium enrichment activities and limits access to international inspectors.

In May 2018, former President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the JCPOA, leading Iran to dismiss the agreement due to unmet economic benefits and resume U.S. sanctions. In response, Iran escalated its nuclear enrichment and obstructed IAEA inspections, despite pleas from IAEA's Grossi to maintain some level of oversight for potential new agreements.

International Frustration Over Iran’s Actions

The IAEA has faced resistance from Iran, which has blocked inspectors and withheld key documents. Grossi has repeatedly highlighted the cooperation issues, stating that while inspections of Iran are vital, current conditions are insufficient.

In early June, the IAEA board of governors officially censured Iran with a 20-2 vote, opposed only by Russia and China. Despite the escalation, both the Biden administration and Grossi opposed taking such a drastic action against Iran.

Furthermore, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement this past Saturday condemning Iran's escalated uranium enrichment, categorizing these actions as hollowing out the JCPOA.

Concerns Over Uranium Enrichment

Iran's announcement of further uranium enrichment plans, along with the installation of more advanced centrifuges, has amplified concerns. The joint European statement warned of significant proliferation risks and termed these actions as violations of the JCPOA.

The situation also highlights Iran's breaches of the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Grossi pointed out that Iran has not updated the IAEA on these nuclear activities and new facility constructions. Grossi expressed hope that Russia could influence Iran to cooperate better with the IAEA.

Grossi Seeks Continuous Monitoring

Despite acknowledging substantial cooperation problems, Grossi remained optimistic about the importance of inspections. He emphasized that Iran continues to be heavily inspected but highlighted the inadequacy of the current level of access.

Grossi reported, “We know that Iran is considering a number of activities which require construction of new facilities, installing new cascades, among other things. They should be informing us of those changes.”

The JCPOA, initially seen as a groundbreaking agreement in curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, now finds itself effectively ineffectual. Grossi stated that it “exists only on paper and means nothing.”

In conclusion, the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, aimed at restricting its nuclear program, has seen numerous breaches by Iran. Trump's 2018 withdrawal marked a significant turning point, and since then, Iran has significantly increased its nuclear activities. The IAEA’s ongoing challenges highlight the complexities of international nuclear agreements and the critical necessity for continuous monitoring.

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