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Iran slams European criticism on increasing nuclear programme

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Tehran says European concern is unwarranted since nations concerned will not be absolutely dedicated to the nuclear deal.Tehran, Iran – Iran has condemned a press release by three European powers expressing concern over its scaling again of commitments underneath the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
In a press release on Saturday, the Iranian international ministry’s spokesman referred to as a press release by France, Germany, and the United Kingdom – collectively referred to as the E3 – “irresponsible”.
Saeed Khatibzadeh referred to as on the E3 to fulfil its commitments underneath the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers that put curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme in change for the lifting of multilateral sanctions.
“The peaceful nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are fully within the framework of international laws and completely legal and legitimate, and in line with countries’ intrinsic legal rights,” Khatibzadeh mentioned in a press release. The E3 mentioned this week it stays dedicated to the nuclear deal, which the United States has tried to unravel since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it in May 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran.
However, the three international locations mentioned they “continue to be extremely concerned by Iran’s actions, which are hollowing out the core nonproliferation benefits of the deal”.
After remaining dedicated to the nuclear deal for one yr underneath new US sanctions, Iran began regularly scaling again its commitments in strikes it mentioned are shortly reversible.
But the European powers mentioned they’re involved about Iran enriching uranium above the three.67 p.c threshold set within the nuclear deal, and its continued development of a low-enriched uranium stockpile, now 12 occasions the JCPOA restrict in line with a latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“Contrary to the JCPOA, Iran is using advanced centrifuges for the production of low-enriched uranium,” the E3 mentioned, including Tehran can also be enriching at Fordow, a facility that “has no credible civilian use”.
The E3 additionally expressed concern over Iranian analysis and improvement of a number of forms of superior centrifuges and feeding uranium hexafluoride to its IR2m cascade of centrifuges.
In his assertion, Khatibzadeh mentioned Iran is performing primarily based on provisions of the nuclear deal in scaling again its commitments for the reason that US exited the deal and Europe didn’t ship financial advantages promised after the lifting of multilateral sanctions.
“This is completely in line with the JCPOA and Iran has always stressed that if other parties fully implement the JCPOA, Iran’s nuclear steps are reversible,” he mentioned.

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