Before the nuclear deal was penned last month with other member-nations of the United Nations security council, which ultimately barred Iran from using its nuclear facilities for military purposes, the whole world has its eyes on this rather secretive country.
But even after the pact has been signed and Iran agreed to only use its nuclear reactors for research and pharmaceutical purposes, many are still in doubt whether Iran, in which is one of the member-nations of the UN’s security council. In a report published by the CNN Wednesday, it shows that the country remains actively operating its nuclear facilities. However, CNN’s Mick Krever reported that the facility, which they toured earlier, is only used for non-military purposes. In his report, Krever said the government of Iran is only using the reactors for research endeavors, especially in developing pharmaceutical innovations.
Krever described the tour as ‘relaxed’ and even likened it to a high school science tour than a sensitive government excursion. Although local and foreign journalists, who came along with Krever during the Wednesday tour, were barred to bring their mobile phones, the journalists were able to describe the look for the facility. Despite the media tour that Iran has hosted, in which they brought in local and foreign journalists to take a look at the facility, the question whether Iran has totally abandoned the idea of developing nuclear weapon, remains unanswered.
Meanwhile, in a separate report from the Washington Post, the Government Accountability (GAO) office expressed its doubt as to how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) could possibly monitor Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to which Iran agrees to abide by. In fact, GAO has identified at least three problems with ensuring Iran’s compliance to the deal, in which they agreed to abandon its plan to use its nuclear facilities in beefing up its military forces or for warfare purposes.