Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to Austria and Saudi Governor at the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Wednesday evening that Iran’s negative stance was affecting all nuclear negotiations.
The Saudi ambassador in Vienna stressed that Iran’s pursuit The enrichment of uranium by 20% is questionableHe wondered about Iran’s “real intentions” behind this move.
The escalation steps announced by Iran do not coincide with its statements about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program and confirm its intentions and the pursuit of capabilities to manufacture a nuclear weapon. The escalation policy hinders any dialogue and negotiation and arouses the international community’s distrust of Iran and its intentions. 3-3
– Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan / Abdullah bin Khaled (@aksa_alsaud) July 7, 2021
He added that Iran is gaining nuclear expertise that cannot be undone, adding that “Iran’s orientations confirm its pursuit of a nuclear weapon”.
He believed that “the Iranian escalation is hampering any negotiation and arousing mistrust in the world” because it does not match Tehran’s statements about the peacefulness of its nuclear program.
The Saudi ambassador wrote in a series of tweets on his Twitter account: “What we are witnessing today is Iran’s quest to produce uranium metal at an enrichment rate of 20% without having to produce and develop it for peaceful uses. It’s worrying about the real intentions behind it. In addition, this approach has a negative impact on all negotiations related to the nuclear deal, as the lessons learned from the research and development work are not reversed … it is irreversible. “
Iranian nuclear facility
He continued: “The escalation steps announced by Iran are inconsistent with what it said about the peacefulness of its nuclear program and confirm its intentions and pursuit of nuclear manufacturing capabilities. The escalation policy hinders any dialogue and negotiation and raises the international community’s distrust of Iran and its intentions. “
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh alleged on Wednesday that Iran’s decision to produce enriched uranium with a purity of 20% is purely for peaceful purposes.
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Tuesday that Iran had started producing enriched uranium.
From the talks in Vienna about the Iranian nuclear file
The Iranian move sparked criticism from the United States and the three European countries that signed the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. These countries have been negotiating with Tehran since the beginning of April to revive the agreement under which Iran accepted sanctions in return for lifting the international nuclear program. Washington withdrew from the deal three years ago, and Iran responded by gradually violating its terms.
US and European officials have made it clear that Iran’s decision is the Indirect talks between Washington and Tehran Which aims to bring the two countries back into line with the terms of the nuclear deal.
Iran has already produced a small amount of unenriched uranium metal this year. This was a violation of the treaty that bans all uranium metal-related activities as it can be used to make the main material for an atomic bomb.