Europe urges Iran to stick to troubled nuclear deal

Trump Iran better be careful

Iran to break landmark 2015 nuclear deal

Iran says it's prepared to return to "full implementation" of its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but only when matched by the full compliance of "all participants".

Iran has resumed the nuclear activities it previously agreed to suspend as a part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - the agreement it entered into in 2015 with the United States and Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and Russian Federation - and Tehran has left room for further action.

Netanyahu has called on European signatories to the nuclear deal to impose "snapback sanctions" on Iran, which are the UN Security Council sanctions that were lifted under the nuclear deal.

Zarif said on Twitter that Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had killed an earlier agreement in 2005 by insisting that Iran stop all uranium enrichment.

Trump pulled the US out of the deal, which offered sanctions relief if Tehran curbed its nuclear program.

Jackie Wolcott. the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is pictured during the IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna on July 10, 2019.

As the Iranian economy went into free fall, Tehran demanded that the other parties to the deal, especially France, Germany and Britain, deliver the promised economic benefits and help it bypass USA sanctions. Trump has long rejected the deal, saying it was too generous to Tehran and did not address its involvement in regional conflicts.

Making the remarks on the sidelines of Cabinet meeting, Mohammad Javad Zarif also added that the "snapback" mechanism, to renew United Nations sanctions, can not become operational since according to section 26 of JCPOA, this is violation of the nuclear deal.

"The illegal and unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear agreement followed by extensive sanctions are examples of the US measures against Iran, which is an economic terrorism and economic war", Mousavi added.

On July 1 the IAEA verified that Iran's stock of enriched uranium was 205 kg, more than the maximum 202.8 kg allowed under the agreement.

The United States used an emergency meeting of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency's board on Wednesday to pressure Iran over breaches of the 2015 international nuclear deal, accusing it of extortion and pledging to continue sanctions while still offering to hold talks.

In a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was ironic Wednesday's meeting had been called by the United States, given it had withdrawn from the nuclear deal and "punishes all who observe it". Since then, Tehran also announced it has started enriching uranium past the 3.67 percent purity allowed, to 4.5%. That has been a political nonstarter in Washington, meaning that the prospect of negotiations between Washington and Tehran remains bleak. Shamkhani goes on to criticize European countries for their "lack of will" in providing relief from US sanctions.

The other parties in the deal - Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and the European Union - have called for Iran to stick to its commitments.

Washington unilaterally pulled out from the JCPOA and began re-imposing sanctions on Iran in 2018.

Russian delegate Mikhail Ulyanov fired back at the meeting that the USA could not both reject the deal and call for Iran's full implementation of it. He warns London: "You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions", without elaborating.

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