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The preponderance of air time given by the ABC to pro-Iran nuclear deal policy talking heads made a mockery of the national broadcaster’s ostensible commitment to offering a “diversity of perspectives”.
The announcement by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani that Iran is willing to re-enter negotiations over its nuclear program if crippling sanctions are removed is evidence the US-led effort to pressure Iran in renegotiating the deeply flawed 2015 nuclear deal is beginning to bear fruit.
On Thursday July 11, ABC Radio National host Tom Switzer discussed the Iranian nuclear issue with Cliff May of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies and Amin Saikal of the ANU
Last night ABC Radio "PM" broadcast an interview on the Iran nuclear issue with David Albright, physicist, former weapons inspector, and founder and President of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C. Albright had some important insights, seldom heard in the Australian debate, into the Iran nuclear issue.
Tehran’s recent announcements that it has stockpiled more than 300kg of enriched uranium, and that it plans to enrich uranium to a 5 per cent level — thus breaching the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — are hardly a surprise.
But Iran’s piracy and aggressive actions in the Persian Gulf should be a reminder that Iran is an inherently disruptive and dangerous rogue actor – whose violent behaviour must be rigorously and unwaveringly deterred and contained.
Australia should be doing whatever it can to contribute to the timely, calibrated and well-justified US-led strategy of increasing the pressure on Iran.