- China has firmly resisted the move for more IAEA inspections in Iran.
- China is fighting US sovereign interference.
- Iran is continuing to develop its nuclear arsenal.
China has warned that the continued bullying of Iran by the US government may undermine the current agreement, which allows Iranian nuclear sites to be inspected as set out in the 2015 Iranian agreement. China has stated this in a 5-page document presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The US has been pushing to have some of the nuclear sites used in the early 2000s inspected. The US’ call is backed by France, Britain, and Germany. The US-allied group wants Iran to stop denying IAEA inspectors permission to inspect the sites. The nations have asked Iran to cooperate fully with the agency.
The sites are feared to be hosting nuclear material that had not been previously declared. The US believes that Iran may have been running a covert nuclear program in the early 2000s. Both China and Russia back Iran, and don’t believe granting permission to IAEA inspectors is necessary.
While Russia appears to be more passive about it, China has firmly resisted the move. In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Wang Qun said:
“Certain countries, while pushing ahead the draft resolution, have denied the peril of such a move. This is a classic case in point of an ostrich policy, totally irresponsible.”
China May be Looking to Frustrate US Agendas in the International Realm
China and the US have clashed on a number of unrelated issues lately. The most recent conflict involved Chinese Uighurs. The US accused China of persecuting the minority group and violating their human rights. The US has followed through by slapping sanctions on a slew of Chinese officials.
China has vehemently denied the allegations publicly condemned the move. It has issued the following statement in response:
“We again urge the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistakes and stop using this Xinjiang-related law to harm China’s interests and interfere in China’s internal affairs.”
That said, the IAEA engagement seems to be an extension of the ongoing move to counter US sovereign interference.
Iran is Developing Its Arsenal
Iran has been unrelenting in its pursuit for more sophisticated and deadly weapons as its archenemies— the US and Israel— continue to put pressure through economic embargoes. According to a new report, Iran has just test-fired cruise missiles in the Gulf of Oman.
The missiles are apparently capable of destroying targets located hundreds of miles away. The nation’s Navy commander, Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, has said that the new weapon has a high accuracy and can resist electronic jamming.
“The important point about these missiles is that they are fully equipped with homing. It means they are of the fire-and-forget type. We fire the missile and the data is on the missile itself, it has various navigation systems built in.”