IRAN warned the EU that it would decrease its obligations under the 2015 nuclear agreement if it shielded Tehran’s economy from US sanctions.
The risk arose Monday in another hopeless reaction to the sanctions enforced by Washington. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Moscow: “It makes no sense to maintain unilateral obligations to the agreement if we do not appreciate its advantages as provided by the European parties to the agreement.” Tehran is ready to take a “greater stage” in decreasing its obligations under the agreement with world forces if European nations do not take action.
Iran’s State News Agency (IRNA) cited Foreign Minister Abbas Mousavi as stating on Monday: “they have been intending to start the third phase and will be closer than the first and second measures to develop a compromise between Iran’s freedoms and obligations to the JCPOA.” Iran has said that it will violate the boundaries of its nuclear operations on a one-to-one basis, increasing stress on nations that uphold the JCPOA.
The Government of Iran’s spokesperson said on Monday that the Islamic Republic and France’s opinions on the agreement had gone nearer, primarily following phone calls between President Hassan Rouhani and his French partner Emmanuel Macron.
The spokesperson, Ali Rabiei, said in State TV comments: “Fortunately, points of view have come nearer on many problems and now technical debates are taking place on aspects of fulfilling European commitments (in the atomic agreement).”
Two Iranian authorities and one diplomat informed Reuters on August 25 that Iran intends to export at least 700,000 barrels per day (BPD) of its oil and, ideally, up to 1.5 million BPD if the West wishes to reach a nuclear agreement with Tehran.
Mr. Rabiei said, “Countries should buy Iran’s oil and its cash made available.” Iran’s oil exports have plummeted for US sanctions, which also render it hard for the nation to get payments through banks.
Last year, the US abandoned Iran’s nuclear agreement.
The agreement was an arrangement with the European Union on the Iranian nuclear program agreed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between Iran and the P5+ 1.
Tehran has threatened to take further measures by 6 September, such as enriching uranium to 20 percent or restarting mothballed centrifuges.
Above all, Centrifuges are devices that purify uranium for use as fuel in power plants or, if extremely improved, in guns.
Iran, however, pointed out previously that these measures are “reversible” if the European signatories of the agreement fulfill their commitments.
Last year, President Donald Trump signed an agreement between Iran and six world leaders directed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, which the West thought was seeking to build a nuclear weapon, in return for raising several international sanctions against Tehran.
Washington also re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.
Iran rejects that it has ever attempted a nuclear weapon.
Donald Trump rejects the allegations
Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweeted a picture of Iran’s space center landing pad on Friday. This led to speculation whether he had published a classified picture from his morning intelligence briefing.
In conclusion, The US President, however, rejected the allegations and explained that the mysterious incident at the space center had “nothing to do” with the US. President Trump said to journalists, “I just wish Iran well, they had a large issue, and we had a picture.”