BBC News mantra on ‘peaceful’ Iranian nuclear programme returns

Iran’s latest breach of the 2015 JCPOA was portrayed by the BBC as “rolling back another commitment” in the opening line of an article headlined “Iran nuclear deal: Uranium enrichment to resume at underground facility” which appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page on November 5th.

As is inevitably the case in BBC reporting on that deal and Iran’s nuclear programme, audiences were told that:

“Iran has insisted that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.”

The BBC knows that in December 2015 (after the JCPOA had already been agreed) the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA – produced a report which stated that:

“…the agency “assesses that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place” up to 2009.”

The BBC also knows that in April 2018 Israel revealed documents from Iran’s nuclear archive which raised new issues. Nevertheless, it once again chose to amplify Iranian propaganda but not to inform readers of those relevant parts of the story.

Regarding the Fordo (or Fordow) facility at which Iran’s president announced centrifuges would resume operation, the BBC’s report states:

“Before 2015, the country had two enrichment facilities – Natanz and Fordo – where uranium hexafluoride gas was fed into centrifuges to separate out the most fissile isotope, U-235. […]

Iran also agreed to install no more than 5,060 of the oldest and least efficient centrifuges at Natanz until 2026, and not to carry out any enrichment at Fordo until 2031. The 1,044 centrifuges there were supposed to spin without uranium hexafluoride gas being injected.”

An illustration informs readers that “changes agreed” under the deal included Fordo being “converted from fuel enrichment to technology centre”.

Iran did not however comply with that requirement – as explained in this report – but the BBC made no effort to inform readers of that obviously relevant information.  

9 comments on “BBC News mantra on ‘peaceful’ Iranian nuclear programme returns

  1. This latest BBC “report” is simply further evidence that its World Service is in Iran’s pocket. Hopefully our GCHQ is monitoring this treachery.

  2. The BBC will never bite the Iranian hand that feeds it by exposing it’s secrets. It will just continue to lie cheat and deceive it’s worldwide audience

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  4. good grief when was the agreement signed.

    your ‘evidence does not stack up. It was prior to the agreement.

    As most but not all commentators think the present problem is more about Iran trying to pressure the other nations other than the USA to stick to the agreement and this open up the Iran econmy..

    I guess I should accuse the author of lying of what others here are saying.

  5. Does it never occur to the BBC and other western media what the Iran regime’s achievement of military nuclear capability would mean? The threat of a dirty bomb in western cities?

    • Does it ever occur to you what would be the result of such actions. A giant pancake layer in Iran.

      A nuke is a defensive weapon not an offensive one.

  6. You would think that even the craven cretins at the BBC would put 2 and 2 together and realise what a Teheran dirty nuke bomb, handed for use to anti-westerners terrorists, could do in a western city.

    Instead it repeats the narrative – it’s just Israel’s problem. Nothing about a dirty bomb going off in infidel London.

    It starts with the Jews, but never ends with the Jews.

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