US, EU Push IAEA to Demand Immediate Nuclear Explanation From Iran

Provocative demand risks undercutting nuclear talks

Fresh off the latest IAEA quarterly report on Iran, the US and EU are pressuring the IAEA to demand Iran explain past uranium traces. Both are pushing an internal resolution to push this issue.

This same resolution happened in June, opposed by Russia and China. It raised tensions, but nothing came of it beyond tensions.

The discovery of uranium traces has been around for years. Iran gave the IAEA access, and attempted to explain, but the IAEA has never accepted anything, and keeps demanding more as though Iran didn’t respond.

This has been repeated enough that Iran doen’t immediately respond to new requests, understandably knowing it won’t resolve anything.

US and EU resolutions make the demands a bigger deal, but there is still little chance of an Iranian response accomplishing something. This keeps the issue going.

The traces are not a proliferation threat, but so long as they remain unresolved it will continue to undercut nuclear talks, and give the US an excuse to not finalize the deal to restore the JCPOA.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.