Uranium particles were found in an undeclared site by the UN nuclear watchdog. Now, Iran has some serious explaining to do. Iran has been the worry of the world these last few months with the excessive amount of uranium they have been using. Many believe it could be the start of the building of a nuclear bomb. A landmark deal is set for collapsing Tehran’s atomic activities. The report read from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was made public stated, “Inspectors had detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency.”
Cornel Feruta, the acting head of the agency, confirmed the meeting will take place between Iranian officials and the IAEA in Tehran, and no other information was given by the UN. Feruta stated at the agency’s board of governors meeting, “The matter remains unresolved… It is essential that Iran works with the agency to resolve this matter promptly.”
According to the AFP, “The particles are understood to be the product of uranium which has been mined and undergone initial processing, but not enriched.” The site was not specifically named, but the place was secretly used allegedly by Israel. When Iran was slow to provide answers earlier in the year, samples were taken by the IAEA. These recent months have brought about much defiance from Iran when it comes to their nuclear program and surpassing the legal amount of uranium. There is a small amount needed to provide fuel for their nuclear power plants, which they are entitled to obtain. They now hold enough to build a warhead that is concerning too much of the world, mostly the Middle Eastern countries and Europe.
Last week the confirmation came back positive of their heavy water containing over the 130-tonne limit agreement. Heavy water alone is not radioactive but is used to absorb the neutrons to build atomic warfare. While inspecting, one of the IAEA inspectors was held captive briefly and was not allowed to leave the premises after the inspection was completed. Iran rebuked the claims stating she set off a security check at the gate, and no one is allowed to leave when the alarms go off for security reasons. Whether this is the truth or not, IAEA has stated the treatment of their inspector is “not acceptable.” There was also no further accounts on the incident as the IAEA refused to release further details.
Iran is like a juvenile delinquent. They have not gotten their way since the U.S. pulled out of the deal and put sanctions on them. The country is hurting, and they are becoming desperate. This is why the entire world is concerned with the outcomes of these meetings. If Iran holds a nuclear bomb, there is no one safe. The majority of the world holds them as an enemy and is one of Russia’s biggest allies. To have the possession of a nuclear bomb would be devastating. Multiple terrorist groups reside in the rugged terrain, and there is no telling how far or how much damage could be done only with what we know.
Another analogy is how much has the media kept from the public, and for how long? With the United States as the most significant military power in the world, it would still shatter the Middle East and resurrect a war in which many lives would be lost. There is no doubt that the US has the firepower to wipe Iran off the map. Still, Iran is not stupid enough to keep an atomic bomb within its own country if one would ever be built. Secret locations are everywhere in that part of the world due to the hills, deserts, and mountainous terrains. Drones can only go so far and do so much without being spotted.
The world’s only reliable source is the IAEA to meet with the Iranian officials and dismantle them because there is no way to tell how much uranium they possess or where it is located since these secret locations keep popping up. Explanations from Iran would mostly be unreliable since they have lied every step of the way. They have proven they cannot be trusted.
US officials cannot even get the Iranian government to talk to them anymore since the sanctions are crippling their country. All the world can do now is wait and see what comes of the meeting, and hopefully, the talks will get Iran to dismantle its nuclear program.