Iran has asked the Kremlin for help with its nuclear program in case it fails to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with the West, CNN report Friday.
The network reported that Iran had demanded nuclear material and fuel from Russia, citing a US intelligence official’s briefing on the matter. These could reduce the time it takes to build a nuclear weapon.
However, it was not clear whether Moscow, which opposes the possibility of Iran going nuclear, agreed to support their efforts, according to CNN. did not respond to the network’s request for comment on this report.
Negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled for months.
On Monday, US special envoy to Iran Robert Murray said the US was “wasting no time” in pursuing a new deal, a move that would come after Iran imposed new, unrelated terms in August. He added that there had been no movement in negotiations.
“That’s not our focus right now,” he said.
Iran said a delegation would go to Vienna for talks with the UN nuclear watchdog. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on Iran to respond to the presence of nuclear material at her three undeclared sites, and in June he proposed a resolution criticizing Iran at the IAEA Board of Governors. was passed.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahian said on Wednesday that he hoped the IAEA could resolve the “accusations” brought against Iran and that “through technical cooperation, we will be able to get past this stage.”
Iran has repeatedly asked the IAEA to withdraw its interest in the three sites, but the nuclear watchdog has refused.
Since the collapse of the 2015 accord, Iran has significantly stepped up its efforts to enrich uranium, reaching levels Western officials say have no credible civilian use, and launching new uranium stockpiles to boost its stockpiles. We have installed a more advanced centrifuge.