Netanyahu: Time has come for the international community to join US, reimpose paralyzing sanctions on Iran

PM Netanyahu this morning, at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said that over the weekend the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran had refused to allow IAEA inspectors access to clandestine sites at which Iran had carried out secret military nuclear activities.

“Iran has systematically violated its commitments by hiding sites and enriching fissionable material, and has committed other violations”, Netanyahu said.

“I believe that the time has come, and I think that the time has passed, but reality certainly requires it in the light of these revelations, for the international community to join the US and reimpose paralyzing sanctions on Iran,” he added.

“In any case, the coronavirus has not lessened by one iota our determination to act against Iran’s aggression. I reiterate: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons and will continue to act methodically against Iran’s attempts to militarily entrench on our borders,” Netanyahu concluded.

Iran has continued to increase its stockpiles of enriched uranium and remains in violation of its deal with world powers, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog said Friday.

The UN nuclear watchdog has expressed serious concern at Iran’s failure to grant it access to two suspect locations for more than four months.

The IAEA said Iran had blocked inspections at two locations that it believed were active long before the internationally brokered 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

According to the report, the agency has questions regarding the possible “use or storage of nuclear material” at the two sites and says that one of them “may have been used for the processing and conversion of uranium ore including fluorination in 2003.”

The nuclear watchdog also said Tehran had not clarified its response to their questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities.

The agency said that as of May 20, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons), up from 1,020.9 kilograms (1.1 tons) on Feb. 19.

Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia. Under the deal, Iran was allowed to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms of uranium.

The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the deal.