East Coast Still Unprepared For The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

East Coast Earthquake Preparedness
Posted: 08/25/2011 8:43 am EDT
WASHINGTON — There were cracks in the Washington Monument and broken capstones at the National Cathedral. In the District of Columbia suburbs, some people stayed in shelters because of structural concerns at their apartment buildings.
A day after the East Coast’s strongest earthquake in 67 years, inspectors assessed the damage and found that most problems were minor. But the shaking raised questions about whether this part of the country, with its older architecture and inexperience with seismic activity, is prepared for a truly powerful quake.
The 5.8 magnitude quake felt from Georgia north to Canada prompted swift inspections of many structures Wednesday, including bridges and nuclear plants. An accurate damage estimate could take weeks, if not longer. And many people will not be covered by insurance.
In a small Virginia city near the epicenter, the entire downtown business district was closed. School was canceled for two weeks to give engineers time to check out cracks in several buildings.
At the 555-foot Washington Monument, inspectors found several cracks in the pyramidion – the section at the top of the obelisk where it begins narrowing to a point.
A 4-foot crack was discovered Tuesday during a visual inspection by helicopter. It cannot be seen from the ground. Late Wednesday, the National Park Service announced that structural engineers had found several additional cracks inside the top of the monument.
Carol Johnson, a park service spokeswoman, could not say how many cracks were found but said three or four of them were “significant.” Two structural engineering firms that specialize in assessing earthquake damage were being brought in to conduct a more thorough inspection on Thursday.
The monument, by far the tallest structure in the nation’s capital, was to remain closed indefinitely, and Johnson said the additional cracks mean repairs are likely to take longer. It has never been damaged by a natural disaster, including earthquakes in Virginia in 1897 and New York in 1944.
Tourists arrived at the monument Wednesday morning only to find out they couldn’t get near it. A temporary fence was erected in a wide circle about 120 feet from the flags that surround its base. Walkways were blocked by metal barriers manned by security guards.
“Is it really closed?” a man asked the clerk at the site’s bookstore.
“It’s really closed,” said the clerk, Erin Nolan. Advance tickets were available for purchase, but she cautioned against buying them because it’s not clear when the monument will open.
“This is pretty much all I’m going to be doing today,” Nolan said.
Tuesday’s quake was centered about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, 90 miles south of Washington and 3.7 miles underground. In the nearby town of Mineral, Va., Michael Leman knew his Main Street Plumbing & Electrical Supply business would need – at best – serious and expensive repairs.
At worst, it could be condemned. The facade had become detached from the rest of the building, and daylight was visible through a 4- to 6-inch gap that opened between the front wall and ceiling.
“We’re definitely going to open back up,” Leman said. “I’ve got people’s jobs to look out for.”
Leman said he is insured, but some property owners might not be so lucky.
The Insurance Information Institute said earthquakes are not covered under standard U.S. homeowners or business insurance policies, although supplemental coverage is usually available.
The institute says coverage for other damage that may result from earthquakes, such as fire and water damage from burst gas or water pipes, is provided by standard homeowners and business insurance policies in most states. Cars and other vehicles with comprehensive insurance would also be protected.
The U.S. Geological Survey classified the quake as Alert Level Orange, the second-most serious category on its four-level scale. Earthquakes in that range lead to estimated losses between $100 million and $1 billion.
In Culpeper, Va., about 35 miles from the epicenter, walls had buckled at the old sanctuary at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, which was constructed in 1821 and drew worshippers including Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart. Heavy stone ornaments atop a pillar at the gate were shaken to the ground. A chimney from the old Culpeper Baptist Church built in 1894 also tumbled down.
At the Washington National Cathedral, spokesman Richard Weinberg said the building’s overall structure remains sound and damage was limited to “decorative elements.”
Massive stones atop three of the four spires on the building’s central tower broke off, crashing onto the roof. At least one of the spires is teetering badly, and cracks have appeared in some flying buttresses.
Repairs were expected to cost millions of dollars – an expense not covered by insurance.
“Every single portion of the exterior is carved by hand, so everything broken off is a piece of art,” Weinberg said. “It’s not just the labor, but the artistry of replicating what was once there.”
The building will remain closed as a precaution. Services to dedicate the memorial honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were moved.
Other major cities along the East Coast that felt the shaking tried to gauge the risk from another quake.
A few hours after briefly evacuating New York City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city’s newer buildings could withstand a more serious earthquake. But, he added, questions remain about the older buildings that are common in a metropolis founded hundreds of years ago.
“We think that the design standards of today are sufficient against any eventuality,” he said. But “there are questions always about some very old buildings. … Fortunately those tend to be low buildings, so there’s not great danger.”
An earthquake similar to the one in Virginia could do billions of dollars of damage if it were centered in New York, said Barbara Nadel, an architect who specializes in securing buildings against natural disasters and terrorism.
The city’s 49-page seismic code requires builders to prepare for significant shifting of the earth. High-rises must be built with certain kinds of bracing, and they must be able to safely sway at least somewhat to accommodate for wind and even shaking from the ground, Nadel said.
Buildings constructed in Boston in recent decades had to follow stringent codes comparable to anything in California, said Vernon Woodworth, an architect and faculty member at the Boston Architectural College. New construction on older structures also must meet tough standards to withstand severe tremors, he said.
It’s a different story with the city’s older buildings. The 18th- and 19th-century structures in Boston’s Back Bay, for instance, were often built on fill, which can liquefy in a strong quake, Woodworth said. Still, there just aren’t many strong quakes in New England.
The last time the Boston area saw a quake as powerful as the one that hit Virginia on Tuesday was in 1755, off Cape Ann, to the north. A repeat of that quake would likely cause deaths, Woodworth said. Still, the quakes are so infrequent that it’s difficult to weigh the risks versus the costs of enacting tougher building standards regionally, he said.
People in several of the affected states won’t have much time to reflect before confronting another potential emergency. Hurricane Irene is approaching the East Coast and could skirt the Mid-Atlantic region by the weekend and make landfall in New England after that.
In North Carolina, officials were inspecting an aging bridge that is a vital evacuation route for people escaping the coastal barrier islands as the storm approaches.
Speaking at an earthquake briefing Wednesday, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray inadvertently mixed up his disasters.
“Everyone knows, obviously, that we had a hurricane,” he said before realizing his mistake.
“Hurricane,” he repeated sheepishly as reporters and staffers burst into laughter. “I’m getting ahead of myself!”
Associated Press writers Sam Hananel in Washington; Alex Dominguez in Baltimore; Bob Lewis in Mineral, Va.; Samantha Gross in New York City; and Jay Lindsay in Boston contributed to this report.

Saudi Arabian Horn Concerned About Iran’s Recent Nuclear Steps

Saudi Arabia Concerned About Iran’s Recent Nuclear Steps

Iranian Exiled Group Demands Prosecution Of President-Elect Reaisi

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Flag-waving demonstrators rallied at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and other locations as part of a Free Iran World Summit that featured speeches by former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.

In a keynote address, Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, or Mojahedin Khalq (MEK), accused Raisi of being the “henchman” responsible for the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said Raisi’s election was a blow for human rights and called for an investigation of his role in what they and Washington have called the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners.

The Islamic Republic has never acknowledged the mass executions and Raisi has never publicly addressed allegations about his role. 

In an online address, Pompeo described the Iranian presidential election as “in fact, a boycott and the regime knows it”. “This is a show laid bare for the entire world to see,” Pompeo said.

He denounced Raisi as a leader who had been hand-picked by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, to “inflict pain, frighten, continue to loot, and to plunder” on behalf of the theocracy.

Iran hit back, with a foreign ministry spokesman accusing “bought western politicians”, including Pompeo, of selling themselves cheap “for a Europe-hosted circus arranged by a once Saddam-backed terrorist cult with Iranian blood on its hands.”

Reporting by Reuters

The Russian Nuclear Horn Stalks the UK: Daniel

War fears: Helicopters

War fears as Royal Navy scrambles to intercept Russian submarine stalking British vessels

THE ROYAL Navy has deployed specialist sonobuoys to look for a Russian submarine that had been stalking British vessels, it is reported.

By Melanie Kaidan 

01:56, Sat, Jul 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 10:44, Sat, Jul 10, 2021

War fears soared after Royal Navy helicopters began a search for a Russian vessel that appeared to be stalking HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG), the Telegraph reported. The submarine-hunting aircraft were deployed as the British fleet transited the eastern Mediterranean.

The two helicopters used sonobuoys to detect sounds that could lead to the submarine’s whereabouts.

The artifacts are electronic sensors dropped in the sea to localise submerged submarines.

Moscow is known to have previously deployed submarines in the region.

The Russian vessel was reportedly deployed from the Tartus naval base on the Syrian coast

Last month, Russia sparked fears of an open conflict when it deployed a number of missile carriers to monitor the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth off the country’s coast.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is on a 28-week maiden deployment and was transiting the eastern Mediterranean.

The ship was with two destroyers, two frigates, an Astute class nuclear-powered attack submarine and two support vessels.

Moscow warned it was following the trajectory of the UK vessels and actioned its new Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile.

The missile is capable of flying at ten times the speed of sound (12,350kph or 7,670mph) and has a range of about 2,000km (1,250miles).

It can be armed with a nuclear warhead.

Russian president Vladimir Putin taunted the missile in 2019 as part of a new generation of weapons.

He claimed Russia was the first nation to deploy a hypersonic weapon.

The missile was being transported by two Mig-31k supersonic fighter jets.

The jets had been delivered to the country’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.

The alliance of the Russian and Chinese nuclear horns: Daniel 7

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Russia spans more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country’s capital.

The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 and since 1993 Russia been governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Russia is a major great power, with the world’s second-most powerful military, and the fourth-highest military expenditure. As a recognised nuclear-weapon state, the country possesses the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

World is moving closer to nuclear war: Revelation 16

World is moving closer to nuclear war because Russia and China are developing new missiles & subs, Pentagon warns

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THE world is edging towards nuclear war because Russia and China are modernizing ballistic missiles, and developing new submarines, according to a bombshell Pentagon report. 

Washington has tried to reduce their number of nukes but foreign powers have moved in the opposite direction, the 2020 dossier reveals.

The world is edging towards a nuclear war as Russia are modernizing new ballistic missiles
The world is edging towards a nuclear war as Russia are modernizing new ballistic missilesCredit: EPA
North Korean officials testing the submarine missile Pukguksong-2 in February 2017
North Korean officials testing the submarine missile Pukguksong-2 in February 2017Credit: Reuters

It states: “No potential adversary has reduced either the role of nuclear weapons in its national security strategy or the number of nuclear weapons it fields.”

The report warns of potential regional conflicts involving nukes in several parts of the world.

Russia’s strategic nuclear modernization has greatly increased, meaning Moscow can expand its warhead numbers, according to the report.

Beijing is reportedly considering whether to develop autonomous nuclear weapons systems, the New York Post reports.

Ambassador Robert Wood told reporters on Thursday: “If they were to develop, these kinds of weapons and aerial systems, this has the potential to change the strategic stability environment in a dynamic way.”

Chinese military trucks carrying ballistic missiles during 70th-anniversary celebrations commemorating the founding of Communist China
Chinese military trucks carrying ballistic missiles during 70th-anniversary celebrations commemorating the founding of Communist ChinaCredit: AP:Associated Press
Russian officials said it had conducted drills involving nuclear-capable strategic bombers in the Arctic
Russian officials said it had conducted drills involving nuclear-capable strategic bombers in the ArcticCredit: AP

North Korean officials have fast-tracked testing of missiles capable of reaching American shores while Iran reportedly has the technology and capacity to create a nuclear weapon within a year, MailOnline reports.

Pyongyang reportedly poses the “most immediate and dire proliferation threat” to the international order, according to the defense report.

Officials are also concerned about Iran’s “aggressive strategy,” which could destabilize relations in the Middle East, and experts are suspicious about Tehran’s commitment to reducing their nuclear arsenal.

The report recommended: “Flexible and limited US nuclear response options can play an important role in restoring deterrence following limited adversary nuclear escalation.”

And Washington’s nuclear program must only be used in “extreme circumstances” and government officials must communicate in ways that are understood by rogue powers.

Satellite imagery shows the construction of 119 missiles silos near Yumen, China which indicates Beijing is ramping up its nuclear arsenal
Satellite imagery shows the construction of 119 missiles silos near Yumen, China which indicates Beijing is ramping up its nuclear arsenalCredit: Center for Nonproliferation Studies

The publication of the report comes as the US and Russia extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty for five years.

Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019.

The pact mandated the US and Soviet Union to eliminate nuclear missiles that had ranges of 500-5,500km.

Last month, Biden said “not on my watch” when it comes to Iran developing nuclear weapons.

In a meeting with outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, he said: “What I can say to you, Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch.”

Biden is being pressured by Congressional Democrats to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that former president Donald Trump pulled out of.

Biden is under pressure to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal
Biden is under pressure to rejoin the Iran nuclear dealCredit: Reuters

Israel and the US have worked together to slow down Iran’s nuclear program, including efforts to destroy their stockpiles.

Meanwhile, Russia recently tested a highly secretive new nuke and military jets were seen carrying hypersonic missiles as war games intensified in the Black Sea.

An unnamed Kremlin defense source said the launch took place in mid-June.

Reports say the missile was developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology and comes in a mobile variant and silo variant.

Mobile systems enjoy several advantages as they are harder to locate, track, target, and destroy, according to Russian press agency TASS.

It came as Moscow vowed to sink British warships if they sailed too close to Crimea.

And, it was reported Russian fighter jets and bombers had conducted combat training flights in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Russia reportedly testing a new nuke as war games intensified in the Black Sea
Russia reportedly testing a new nuke as war games intensified in the Black SeaCredit: AP
North Korea's Kim Jong-Un warned he is preparing for a military confrontation with Washington
North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un warned he is preparing for a military confrontation with WashingtonCredit: AP

The MIG-31K jets carried deadly Dagger hypersonic missiles – one of Putin’s new-age weapons.

They have a range of  1,250 miles and have no match in the West, according to Moscow. 

North Korean despot Kim Jong-un warned that he is preparing for a military confrontation with Washington and has vowed to build more nukes, defying Joe Biden.

The dictator warned his people that North Korea should be ready for “dialogue and in particular confrontation with America”.

He blasted Washington’s approach to North Korea as he set out his “strategic and tactical counteraction with the US”.

Pyongyang had already accused Biden of pursuing a “hostile policy”.

He blasted the Democrat’s vow to address the nuclear threat “through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence”.

The dictator’s comments came after the US urged the North to abandon its nuclear missiles program.Russian bombers unleash barrage of cruise missiles in latest war games by Putin after clashes with the West

The South Korean Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

South Korea’s push to strengthen defences could trigger reaction from North and Japan, say Chinese observers

Seoul successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile last week as part of an ongoing drive to boost its military strength Nuclear-armed North Korea is the South’s biggest concern, but some analysts fear its efforts will have wider implications

South Korea’s push to develop its defensive capabilities saw it successfully test a submarine-launched ballistic missile last weekend, but some Chinese analysts have warned it risks a new arms race in east Asia.

Sunday’s launch from an underwater barge makes it the eighth country in the world to have mastered such a strategic capability, according to Yonhap television news, and it was one of many weapons Seoul has been developing amid a largely unnoticed arms race with North Korea.

In April, Korea Aerospace Industries unveiled the nation’s first prototype multirole fighter jet, the KF-X, which is being developed in partnership with Indonesia

Nuclear arms control – why mankind is dead: Revelation 16

Why nuclear arms control is dead

Why nuclear arms control is dead

By Ward Wilson, opinion contributorJuly 09, 2021 – 08:00 AM EDT

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill 

This year the MacArthur Foundation said it will cease funding anti-nuclear weapons efforts by 2023. That means the largest foundation working in the nuclear weapons field is throwing in the towel. Ten million dollars a year of scholarly research, diplomatic conferences, track II meetings, and other work to limit nuclear weapons will disappear within two years. 

Why would MacArthur do such a thing? They aren’t doing it because nuclear weapons have been eliminated. Perhaps it is because of a loss of faith in the cautious, step-by-step effort to slowly limit the number of nuclear weapons and, over time, work down to zero.

If MacArthur’s board decided that the step-by-step approach isn’t working, they wouldn’t be the first to come to that conclusion. The John Merck Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Skoll Foundation — all these funders evidently have concluded the same. And a report in the Washington Post last week seems to confirm that they are right. 

Jeffrey Lewis, a professor at The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies — an institute of Middlebury College — announced that he and Decker Eveleth had used commercial satellite images to identify more than 100 new missile silos being built in China. It is a clanging alarm bell. Following Russia’s announcement that it is building new kinds of nuclear weapons, the United Kingdom’s announcement that it will expand its number of nuclear weapons, growth in the Pakistani arsenal, and work by all the other nuclear-armed states (including the United States) to upgrade their nuclear forces, the news from China confirms what some long have suspected: The second nuclear arms race is on.

What this means is that we are entering a new and dangerous era of international competition and tension. The Cold War may have ended 20 years ago, but arms races often signal impending hot wars — and a nuclear arms race is the gravest of signs. Time is short. The cautious, step-by-step approach of arms control, with the minimalist goal of “limiting” nuclear weapons, indeed has failed.

The need for a more aggressive approach ought to have been obvious, if for no other reason than the rest of the world already has given up hope for arms control. In 2017, more than 60 percent of the world’s nations — 122 countries — voted for a United Nations treaty not to limit, not to “one day” eliminate, but to abolish nuclear weapons now. If the apparent loss of faith in arms control by funders isn’t enough, the loss of faith by much of the world ought to be unmistakable proof.

Clearly, a more muscular approach is needed. Continuing to try long-term, careful approaches to the problem guarantees that efforts to oppose nuclear weapons eventually will wither and die. It is time for a stronger, more aggressive strategy — and past time to directly challenge the fundamental beliefs of nuclear weapons advocates. The arms control approach clearly has failed. 

It has failed because it took the claims and assumptions of nuclear weapons advocates at face value. Nuclear weapons experts said that nuclear weapons were the “ultimate guarantee” of safety, and arms control nongovernmental organizations and scholars then tried to work within that assumption. “How can we convince people to give up the ultimate guarantee of safety?” they asked themselves — which is, of course, the wrong question. The right question, and argument, is: “How can nuclear weapons advocates call themselves realists? Any self-respecting realist knows that there are no guarantees in life, not about national security or anything else. Only dreamers think there are guarantees.”

Nuclear weapons advocates said that nuclear weapons will always exist. Arms control advocates timidly asked themselves, “How can we convince people that disarmament will work for a weapon that will never go away?” The right question, and argument, should be: “Given that the invariable life cycle of all technology is invention, adoption and eventual abandonment, how can nuclear weapons advocates say that this one technology will be the sole exception that will last forever? That’s not realism. That’s wishful thinking.”

Nuclear weapons advocates say that nuclear weapons are the “ultimate weapon.” Arms control advocates asked themselves, “How can we persuade people that a ban on the ultimate weapon would ever work?” They should have asked: “Isn’t utility the measuring stick of a weapon? How can a weapon be the ultimate weapon if it’s never used? Isn’t it possible that nuclear weapons are too clumsy, too poisonous, too dangerous to be useful? Isn’t it possible that they aren’t used because they aren’t militarily useful? And isn’t that why nearly 75 years have passed with them sitting idly in silos?”

Arms control is dead. The second nuclear arms race is on. The hour is late — but it is, perhaps, not too late to aggressively challenge the Cold War assumptions and the blinkered mindset that have kept us from seeing the reality of nuclear weapons.

Ward Wilson is executive director of RealistRevolt, a Chicago area nonprofit that offers pragmatic arguments against nuclear weapons. He has been a senior fellow at several think tanks, including the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the British American Security Information Council, and the Federation of American Scientists. The author of “Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons,” he has spoken at the Pentagon, State Department, United Nations and the governments of several countries. Follow him on Twitter @WardHayesWilson.

The Great Iranian Lie: Daniel 8

Production of advanced uranium fuel is for peaceful purposes: Iran

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has reacted to a statement by the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany about Iran’s decision to produce silicide fuel using 20-percent enriched uranium, saying the fuel was produced for peaceful purposes.

Khatibzadeh noted that Iran’s decision to produce silicide fuel plates using 20% enriched uranium is for peaceful purposes, and it will only be used in the Tehran research reactor, according to a statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

The spokesman said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed about Iran’s decision in accordance with the procedures.

In a major announcement on Tuesday, Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Kazem Gharibabadi said Iran will soon produce a highly sophisticated nuclear fuel called uranium silicide fuel.

The ambassador said in a statement that Iran has informed the IAEA of its intention to produce uranium silicide fuel pellet for the Tehran research reactor nine days ago and has immediately made arrangements in that regard. 

Silicide fuel is an advanced type of nuclear fuel whose technology is only available to a handful of countries. According to Gharibabadi, Iran has started R&D activities using natural uranium to produce sophisticated fuel over the past three months. “In the new process, one new fuel pellet is to be produced from 20% enriched uranium,” the Iranian diplomat said, adding, “This measure, slated to significantly improve the quality and quantity of producing radiopharmaceuticals, will turn the Islamic Republic of Iran into a pioneering country in terms of nuclear technology.”

The IAEA confirmed the Iranian move, providing technical details about the whole process. “Iran informed the Agency that UO2 (uranium oxide) enriched up to 20% U–235 would be shipped to the R&D laboratory at the Fuel Fabrication Plant in Esfahan, where it would be converted to UF4 (uranium tetrafluoride) and then to uranium metal enriched to 20% U–235, before using it to manufacture the fuel,” it said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The move drew criticism from the U.S. and its European allies, who expressed concern about the new fuel production. The three European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal -France, Germany and the UK, collectively known as E3 – said they had “grave concern” about Iran producing enriched uranium metal and even accused Iran of “threatening a successful outcome to the Vienna talks,” which have been underway since April to revive the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We the foreign ministers of the governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, note with grave concern the latest report by the IAEA confirming that Iran has taken steps in the production of enriched uranium metal. This is a serious violation of Iran’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran has no credible civilian need for uranium metal R&D and production,” the E3 foreign ministers said in a joint statement.

The E3 said the Iranian move “is all the more concerning at a time when no date has been set for the continuation of the negotiations in Vienna on a return to the JCPOA.”

Khatibzadeh hit back at the E3 statement, saying that the advanced uranium fuel has peaceful uses. “Contrary to the claims of the E3, this product has peaceful, medicinal and humanitarian uses, and its production does not contradict Iran’s non-proliferation and Safeguards obligations,” Khatibzadeh pointed out. 

He further emphasized that while these countries consider Iran’s actions as a violation of its obligations under the JCPOA, they have never gone beyond words regarding their own obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and in line with the U.S. cruel pressure they have implemented Washington’s extraterritorial and unlawful sanctions.

“We have repeatedly emphasized that Iran is ready to suspend its compensatory measures and to fully resume the fulfillment of its obligations as soon as the oppressive sanctions are lifted. No one should expect Iran to unilaterally comply with its commitments while it is under intense pressure of unilateral sanctions,” he noted. 

Khatibzadeh stated that voluntary access to transparency measures beyond the Safeguards, including the provisional and voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, will be carried out by Iran in accordance with the provisions of the JCPOA if the Vienna talks are concluded.

He added that the concerns raised in this regard are of no use and the U.S. State Department spokesman’s position on this issue is unacceptable.

“The U.S. is expressing concern about Iran’s actions, while the current situation concerning the JCPOA is due to Washington’s illegal and unilateral actions and approaches, as this country has continued to implement Donald Trump’s failed maximum pressure policy on the Iranian people during the Biden administration as well,” the spokesman continued. 

The Foreign Ministry spokesman finally emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always expressed its readiness to resume the implementation of its obligations in the event of the lifting of U.S. sanctions, and during the Vienna talks it has clearly conveyed these points to the other parties.