In his first interview since the murder, allegedly carried out by Israel, IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi told Sky News Iran should not follow through on threats to increase uranium enrichment and fire its inspectors.
“If implemented,” he told Sky News, “these measures would constitute an even larger deviation from the commitments Iran made when it joined the deal.
“I can’t imagine who would win in such a situation. If there was a limitation of IAEA inspectors due to this or any other situation, their work was limited.
“Very clearly, we should educate about it. We should be very clear to the world that this is going on. And that in itself would not help anyone, including Iran. ”
The crisis caused by the murder of M. Fakrizadeh, is intensifying, jeopardizing international efforts to limit Iran’s atomic ambitions.
Iran’s parliament voted last week to expand its nuclear program and suspend IAEA inspections.
The country’s Guardian Council, another branch of government, approved it, leaving Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who opposes the proposals with little room for maneuver.
Iran had a stockpile of 7,000 kg (15,432 lb) of enriched uranium before the Iran nuclear deal in 2015.
The deal limited him to just 202 kg (445 lbs). But in May 2018, America pulled out of the deal, and Iran began to get rich again on a higher level.
He now has 2,500 kg (5,511 lb). This is enough, say experts, to start building a bomb in a year.
Iran’s nuclear program can be found in sites scattered across the country.
The IAEA inspects most of them, but is still denied access to Turquzabad in Tehran despite the discovery of suspicious radioactive material.
Mr Grossi said an explanation was needed.
“We get unsatisfactory answers and we insist on getting them. ”
The fear is now of new surprises like the murder of Mr. Fakrizadeh which further destabilizes the situation.
Mr Grossi told Sky News: “I hope such things do not happen in the past or in the future. It’s obvious.
“I am the head of an international organization responsible for peace, security and non-proliferation. So I hope there will be no more escalation.
“I hope we can continue to work as we should. ”
The danger is unintentional escalation.
Iran Expands Enrichment And Stops Inspections And Either America Or Israel feel obligated to respond forcefully.
Mark Fitzpatrick, associate researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said: “There is a real possibility that Donald Trump or Israel will respond militarily if Iran increases enrichment to 20% or stops inspections.
“If Iran stops inspections or increases enrichment or if there is a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is not going to sit idly by. It would lead to another war in the Middle East. ”
President elect Joe Biden said he wanted resurrect the Iran nuclear deal.
More Donald Trump may make it even more difficult before he leaves the White House and extremists in Iran could force the government to take a firmer line with the West, which will make it more difficult for the new president to negotiate.
Neither side wants an escalation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it can be avoided.