Nuclear: new tensions between Westerners and Iranians before an IAEA meeting

The Iranian flag waving in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria (Illustrative image).

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The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which meets from this Monday for four days, could adopt a resolution prepared by the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the 'Germany.

This criticizes Tehran and asks it to cooperate in answering “

unresolved

” questions concerning the presence of traces of enriched uranium on undeclared nuclear sites.

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With our correspondent in Tehran,

Siavosh Ghazi

Through the voice of its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran threatened Western countries with an immediate response if this resolution were adopted by the Board of Governors of the IAEA.

Iran could limit its cooperation with the IAEA and even increase its level of uranium enrichment to 90%, a threshold generally used for the construction of atomic weapons.

Tehran is nevertheless counting on the support of Russia and China to prevent the adoption of this resolution.

Beijing and Moscow, traditional allies of Tehran, said they were opposed to the adoption of such a resolution.

Deadlocked negotiations

These new tensions come as negotiations between Iran and the major powers, which began more than a year ago to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, are at an impasse.

Tehran demands the removal of the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist groups of the United States and a normalization of its banking relations with the rest of the world.

What Washington refuses.

This also comes as the Israeli Prime Minister affirmed that his country reserves the right to intervene militarily to stop

 Tehran's

nuclear program .

For its part, Iran threatened the Jewish state with an immediate response.

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