Iran To Suspend Some Nuclear Deal Commitments

Iran To Suspend Some Nuclear Deal Commitments

Washington's European allies say Trump's repudiation of the deal hurts the pragmatic wing of Iran's leadership and plays into the hands of hardliners.

European Union leaders are going to meet on Thursday May 9 to discuss the implications of Tehran's move.

President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would move on to resuming high level uranium enrichment if the remaining signatories - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - did not make good on promises to shield its oil and banking sectors in the next 60 days.

"If the five countries came to the negotiating table and we reached an agreement, and if they could protect our interests in the oil and banking sectors, we will go back to Square 1", Rouhani said.

"We hope to use our traditionally friendly relations with Iran to solve problems through dialogue and achieve peace and stability in the region", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, adding that Iran playing a "constructive" role is important. Besides, Iran was also told to restrict uranium research and allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to its civilian nuclear facilities.

He said Tehran does not want a war with any country, but if the USA organizes armed clashes with Iran, the country will defend its national interests "with all its strength".

Beijing echoed the Russian stance, pointing out that U.S. actions against Iran had "further aggravated" the tensions around the nuclear accord.

Iran has said it will defy the sanctions and continue to export oil.

The United Kingdom has called on Tehran not to take escalatory steps.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Wednesday to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms. Iran has previously enriched to 20%. The powers have remained in a precarious state of agreement with Iran during the past year regarding the terms of the deal and the economic benefits it allowed, while the Trump administration takes an increasingly hard line - one that has become more pronounced in recent days.

The move came after Tehran earlier said it was quitting parts of the historic 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, which Washington abandoned in 2018 and ignited the current crisis.

The actual LEU stockpile had settled below the agreed 660 lb limit and heavy water has no immediate use, as Iran now has no functioning heavy water reactor or reprocessing plant necessary to make plutonium.

However, their efforts have largely failed, with all major European companies abandoning plans to do business with Iran for fear of USA punishment. On Sunday, the administration said it was deploying an aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf in an "unmistakable message" to Iran that it would meet any aggression with "unrelenting force".

Iran has apparently begun a gradual pullback from "some" of its 2015 nuclear deal commitments, which the USA abandoned completely one year prior.

Rouhani said the decision was a meant to resuscitate the agreement.

"I heard that Iran intends to continue its nuclear program. That is what our heroes did at the dawn of the nations' rebirth, and we march in their path". If the Europeans fail to compensate for the unilateral American sanctions, he said, Iran will resume construction of the Arak nuclear reactor, a facility that was shut down, and its key components dismantled, under the deal.

France called on Iran to respect its commitments to the nuclear deal and the non-proliferation treaties and warned against escalation.

A French presidential source said the European countries did not yet know precisely what steps Iran was now planning, but they could have to reimpose sanctions on Iran if those steps amount to reneging.

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