EU Criticizes Iran for Barring Nuclear Inspectors

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The Facts

  • On Sunday, the EU criticized Iran for withdrawing accreditation from several UN nuclear inspectors assigned to inspect Tehran's nuclear arsenal.

  • As many as eight French and German inspectors are asked to leave the country, which the International Atomic Energy Agency termed a "disproportionate and unprecedented" action.

The Spin

Anti-Iran narrative

The US welcomes any steps Iran might take to de-escalate the growing nuclear threat from Tehran. The US is using its entire toolbox of deterrence, pressure, and diplomacy to get Iran to be a responsible world actor. Iran must end its accumulation of near-weapons-grade enriched uranium.

Pro-Iran narrative

Iran had agreed to maintain a nuclear program only for civilian uses, but the US and Israel — both of which possess nuclear weapons — sought to inflame tensions. Iran wants peace and ultimately has no interest in arming itself with nuclear weapons, but Washington is forcing its hand.

Nerd narrative

There's a 49% chance that Iran will possess a nuclear weapon before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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