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MAJOR IRAN NEWS – We constantly urge readers to be aware that many major news stories are happening simultaneously.  One or two might suddenly drop off the front page for a time, but they're still happening.  Think of how Ukraine has faded from the headlines, but the war roars on.

The Iran story is back, and what is happening is critical.  From Reuters:

Iran on Thursday dealt a near-fatal blow to chances of reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as it began removing essentially all the International Atomic Energy Agency monitoring equipment installed under the deal, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said.

Iran had warned of retaliation if the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors passed a resolution drafted by the United States, France, Britain and Germany criticizing Tehran for its continued failure to explain uranium traces found at undeclared sites. The resolution was passed by a crushing majority late on Thursday.

Iran informed the agency overnight that it plans to remove 27 IAEA cameras and other equipment as of Thursday, which was “basically all” the extra monitoring equipment installed under the 2015 deal going beyond Iran’s core obligations to the agency, Grossi told a news conference called at short notice.

That leaves a window of opportunity of three to four weeks to restore some of the monitoring that is being scrapped or else the IAEA will lose the ability to piece together all or essentially all Iran’s most important nuclear activities and material, and restoring the deal requires that, Grossi said.

“I think this would be a fatal blow (to reviving the deal),” Grossi said of what would happen if nothing were done within that window of opportunity.

Indirect talks between Iran and the United States on reviving the 2015 deal are already stalled and have not been held since March.

Since then-President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal and re-imposed sanctions against Tehran in 2018, Iran has breached the deal’s limits on its nuclear activities, enriching uranium to close to weapons-grade, using more advanced centrifuges and swelling its stock of enriched uranium.

COMMENT:  Secretary of State Blinken is now warning Iran that its attitude can destroy any hope for a successful agreement.  Iran is moving quickly toward nuclear-weapons status, with missiles to go with the nuclear warheads.   Our appeasement of Iran, starting with President Obama, has led directly to this point.  Once Iran gets the bomb, the Mideast becomes a vastly more dangerous place.  Iran will quickly have the capability to hit Europe, and perhaps even the east coast of the United States.

June 9, 2022