Fresh off of another deal with the IAEA, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has insisted the “doors are open” to inspectors for any probe anything they need with regards to the civilian nuclear program.
Rouhani, who was elected on a platform of rapprochement with the West and brokered an interim nuclear deal, reiterated that his nation will never seek nuclear weapons, saying they simply don’t want them.
Top IAEA inspector Tero Varjonata discussed the deal reached over the weekend, saying that “good progress” has been made on answering outstanding issues, but there more work needs to be done.
Much of the recent talk has centered around so-called “dual use” technology, which could conceivably be part of a nuclear weapons program but could just as easily be researched for totally unrelated reasons. This includes compact detonators which Iran was believed to have tested, but which are also considered vital in oil extraction programs, something Iran is obviously keen to advance.
During the sanctions and threats era, Iran was loathe to discuss such tests, since no matter what they said it didn’t change the rhetoric coming out of the US, but as the talks advance they seem eager to eliminate any lingering concerns, no matter how unreasonable, just to keep the talks progressing.