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Tehran launches military satellite amid talks

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It was the file which was to occupy the Western chancelleries in this month of March: the last straight line of the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear power in Vienna. But while the war in Ukraine monopolizes international attention, Iran has called itself to everyone’s attention by launching a military satellite on Tuesday, March 8.

The Revolutionary Guards, the regime’s ideological army, present Nour-2 as a “reconnaissance satellite”. But in April 2020, Washington claimed that the launch of its predecessor, Nour-1, proved that the Iranian space program was pursuing military rather than commercial ends.

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Faced with these concerns, Tehran reiterates that it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons and that its aerospace activities are peaceful. However, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, consulted on March 3 by Agence France-Presse, Iranian stocks of enriched uranium exceed the limit authorized by the agreement by more than 15 times. of 2015. And Westerners believe that at the rate at which Tehran is hoarding enriched uranium, the agreement currently being negotiated risks quickly becoming null and void.

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Time is running out after ten months of negotiations, in the middle of the war in Ukraine. Moscow also used this new lever against the West to play spoilsport at the end of last week, demanding guarantees from Washington that the recent sanctions taken against it would not affect its cooperation with Iran. Under the 2015 agreement, it is indeed up to Russia to export the excess tons of uranium enriched by Tehran. Judged requirements “off topic” by Washington.

For Westerners, who have been suffering from soaring world oil prices since the war in Ukraine, an agreement with Iran would add 1.3 to 1.5 million barrels a day to the market, according to the experts. Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji has already said he is ready to increase its crude production as soon as US sanctions are lifted.

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