Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

Iran ‘continued nuclear missile development under Trump’s nose’ sparking Middle East chaos | World | News

The failure of US President Trump represents another blow on the international stage, as Iran‘s undermining of the nuclear deal has resulted in US troops on the verge of Middle East withdrawal. On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union, and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. The deal would see restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear development, limiting its capacity to enrich uranium, reprocess fuel and would force Iranian nuclear sites to become transparent to regulatory checks by international bodies. However, in what has proved to be a counter-productive venture for the Trump administration, Iran has frequently looked to undermine the restrictions placed under the nose of Trump, the EU and the rest of the P5+1.

As Ben Taleblu states in his article for The Hill, the country is now using advanced centrifuges, fragile machines that spin at high speeds to enrich uranium.

The Uranium is used to create fissile material that forms a nuclear weapon.

These machines are small enough to relocate regularly and therefore conceal from any regulatory body or onlooking rival, Ben Taleblu states, and therefore crucial to any intention to make more audacious nuclear steps.

The nuclear deal was abandoned by Washington in May 2018 and this lead to fiery discourse between the White House and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who suggested Trump suffered from a “mental disorder” while the US President threatened Iran with “obliteration”.

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Iran news Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018 (Image: getty)

The uranium enrichment machines pointed to other more subtle methods of contradicting nuclear deal terms, ultimately contributing to its downfall.

Ben Taleblu acknowledges that in May, Iran reported that it was going to accumulate more low-enriched uranium (at 3.67 percent purity) and heavy water (which moderates its reactors) than the JCPOA allowed. In July, Iran grew the purity of its domestic stockpile of low-enriched uranium to reportedly just under 5 percent, and also exceeded the JCPOA-mandated cap on that uranium.

By crossing certain thresholds at a low-level, Ben Taleblu says Tehran had slowly chipped away at the JCPOA’s constraints.

He adds that these violations represent a calculated political strategy aimed at increasing risks and raising doubt over the nuclear programme’s future, which in turn would provoke the Western actors in the nuclear deal to plead with Iran to not abandon the agreement.

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Iran news: Water reprocessing plant in Iran (Image: getty)

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Iran news: A nuclear plant in Southern Iran (Image: getty)

This played into Tehran’s hands as it allowed the nuclear programme in Iran to slowly accelerate while avoiding sanctions, all as the West looked on.

However, this eventually caught the attention of the P5+1 members, and Trump’s withdrawal combined with Iranian transgression has sparked devastating consequences in the Middle East.

On September 14, Iran allegedly launched drone strikes on two Saudi oil plants, cutting the US ally’s oil output in half in what was a significant escalation of Washington-Tehran hostility.

It came after US sanctions after the abandonment of the nuclear deal crippled the Iranian economy, leaving Tehran unable to profit from its own oil reserves and becoming increasingly furious.

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Iran news: the Aftermath of the Saudi oil attack (Image: getty)

Rouhani has denied involvement since the attacks, despite certainty in the West that the strikes were sourced from Tehran.

The aftermath of the strikes has seen yet more hostile exchanges between Trump and Rouhani, with threats of military responses reciprocated from both sides.

Trump’s failure in the Middle East has extended to Iran-backed Syria amid an oncoming Turkish military approach which will see US troops withdraw, handing more control to President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, Trump’s relations with Iran are seemingly too damaged to repair, with Rouhani’s nuclear ambitions now as unpredictable as they have ever been.

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