Paris: Russia and France on Thursday urged Iran to show restraint because Iran began to produce uranium metal, violating the new restrictions set out in the nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog agency in Vienna reported that Iran had ignored the landmark 2015 agreement to start producing uranium metal, which was withdrawn by former US President Donald Trump in 2018.
The move came at a time when Iran warned that President Biden’s government was taking time to save the agreement from collapse.
Iran s ally Russia expressed sympathy for Tehran s position, while nonetheless urging against provocations.
“We understand the logic of their actions and the reasons prompting Iran. Despite this it is necessary to show restraint and a responsible approach,” Russia s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency RIA Novosti.
France also warned Iran against any further escalation of its row with the West, which it hopes Biden will help resolve.
The French foreign ministry said there was a need to “preserve the political space for a negotiated solution” to the standoff.
“In this context we call on Iran to not take any new measure that would further aggravate the situation on the nuclear front, which is already extremely concerning due to the accumulation of Iranian violations of the Vienna accord,” the ministry added.
But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Mohammad Javad Zarif) reiterated Tehran’s position that Washington must take the first step towards resuming the agreement, which is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“Biden administration officials keep talking about Iran s compliance with JCPOA — In what capacity?” Zarif said on Twitter.
“U.S. ceased participation in May 2018, violated JCPOA & punished those complying with UN resolution. As of today, US remains in EXACTLY same position. Before spouting off, COMPLY,” he wrote.
Iran’s deal with the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom aimed at preventing Iran’s development of atomic bombs prohibits Tehran from “producing or acquiring p, uranium metal or its alloys” for 15 years.
Trump’s dramatic withdrawal from the nuclear agreement was part of the “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran, which included the re-imposition of brutal economic sanctions.
Biden is seeking to restore the agreement, but the two sides seem to be at a stalemate in terms of who should act first.
Iran denies any ambitions to make a nuclear bomb, but said last month that it is studying the production of uranium metal, which is a potential component of nuclear weapons.
The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday that it had verified 3.6 grams of uranium produced by an Iranian plant.