Tehran: “The European nations should stop negotiating with Iran and put pressure on the United States to save the nuclear deal instead. If not, we will declare about the bribes taken from Iran by the leaders and the diplomats of the western countries for this nuclear deal before the whole world,” threatened the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister. Against the background of this threat, the resignation of Tero Varjoranta, an Inspector with the International Atomic Energy Agency, has made the suspicions about this issue even stronger.
Three years ago, Iran had signed the nuclear deal with the United States and other western countries. Barack Obama, the then US President, had said that the threat from the Iranian nuclear program has been removed and the world has become a safer place. However, Israel and Saudi Arabia who were allies of the United States, had criticised the concerned nuclear deal and had said that it had provided Iran with an open license to manufacture nuclear weapons. Donald Trump, who followed Obama as the President of the United States criticised the deal and announced US’ withdrawal from it.
Some of the leaders in the United States, which include former President, Barack Obama and former Secretary of State, John Kerry, have criticised President Trump’s decision. It is also clear that there were herculean efforts from the UK, France and Germany to save the nuclear deal. After the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal, chief of the European Union, Jean Claude Juncker had demanded that the European Union should replace the United States. Thus, it is evident that the UK, France, Germany and the European Union leaders are challenging the United States to stand by the deal. These countries have made huge investments in Iran in the post-deal period. As per some analysts, the fear of losing this investment is prompting these nations to oppose the United States. But the signals received from the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hassan Ghashghavi’s warning, tell a different story.
Ghashghavi has said that the European nations should stop negotiating with Iran and put pressure on the United States to save the nuclear deal instead. If not, Iran will declare to the world about the bribes taken by the leaders and the diplomats of the western countries from Iran. Raman Ghawami, an analyst in the Gulf has given a lot of publicity to Ghashghavi’s statement. The media is curious to know if bribes were really taken. The media has also claimed that there are doubts being raised about the western leaders and diplomats who are advocating for the concerned deal.
The suspicion has been strengthened further by the sudden resignation, without forwarding any reason, by the International Atomic Energy Agency Inspector. Tero Varjoranta.