Iran 'undermining opportunity' for nuclear diplomacy: Europe powers

Iran ‘undermining opportunity’ for nuclear diplomacy: Europe powers


Paris: European powers said on Friday that Iran may lose the opportunity to fully realize the 2015 sanctions reduction agreement in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program after it started producing uranium metal in the most recent violation of the agreement.

After his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, it was hoped that through new talks under the leadership of U.S. President Joe Biden, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions could be resumed ( JCPOA).

However, the United Kingdom, France and Germany said in a statement that “Iran, as it exacerbates its non-compliance, is undermining the opportunity to re-implement diplomacy to fully achieve the goals of the JCPOA.”

The UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday that Iran has already started producing uranium metal, which completely violated the restrictions imposed by the 2015 agreement aimed at ensuring that Tehran cannot obtain nuclear weapons.

The two countries’ statement said: “We reiterate that Iran does not have credible civilian reasons for these activities. This is a crucial step in the development of nuclear weapons.”

It said that in accordance with the nuclear agreement, Iran promised not to engage in the production or acquisition of uranium metal for 15 years.

The statement said: “We strongly urge Iran to immediately stop these activities and refrain from taking any new non-compliant steps against its nuclear program.”

The nuclear agreement aimed at phasing out international sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s safeguards will not seek nuclear weapons.

But since the United States withdrew, this is basically dying, and Tehran’s breach of the retaliation agreement is retaliatory, so it has strengthened nuclear work.

Analysts said that this year there is only a small chance to bring the United States back to the US market.

The Biden administration is not eager to act quickly, and the prospect of hardliners winning the Iranian presidential election later this year is looming.

However, this will require the most subtle diplomatic means to advance. The White House insists that Iran must fully comply with the agreement before the United States returns to the transaction, but Tehran has no prerequisites.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Friday’s statement, saying that Iran should not take any action after the U.S. withdrawal, and accusing the three European countries of doing anything to achieve the nuclear agreement. Not enough.

“For a full year after the United States withdrew (and continued to violate) JCPOA, what is the logic behind Iran’s obligation to stop taking remedial measures? What did E3 do to perform its duties?” he asked on Twitter.

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