0420 GMT October 22, 2021
The Irish member of the European Parliament Mick Wallace criticized the US double standard over Iran’s nuclear program, saying that the United States doesn’t want Iran to enrich uranium but has no problem with supplying Australia with nuclear submarines.
“US doesn’t want #Iran to enrich uranium beyond 3.67% but have no problem supplying #Australia with US nuclear submarines that use bomb grade uranium - Is this a violation of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Is 'Rules based International Order' #US + Allies making up the rules?”, the European official tweeted on Wednesday.
For decades, the US has been trying to impede Iran’s progress in its nuclear program through different ways including sanctions.
In 2015, Iran and world powers – Russia, China, France, UK, the US and Germany – signed an agreement to end the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
But the US under former president Donald Trump left the deal in 2018 and reimposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign.
Now, the Biden administration says it wants to rejoin the deal, but it is showing an overriding propensity for maintaining some of the sanctions as a tool of pressure.
The US continued pressure on Iran over its nuclear program as Washington recently reached an agreement with Australia and Britain, named AUKUS pact, under which Australia will obtain nuclear submarine technology from the United States.
On September 28, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said the AUKUS deal in which Australia will obtain nuclear submarine technology from the United States is a "very tricky" issue in terms of inspections, according to Reuters.