Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mousavi spoke at a press conference in May 2019. Photo: AP.

Iran still respects the nuclear deal


An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the country still respects the 2015 nuclear deal, denying the violations of three European countries.

“Tehran is still involved in the agreement … European powers’ claims that Iran violated the agreement are unfounded,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi told a news conference today. now in Tehran.

The statement was issued by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson after France, Britain and Germany on January 14 announced the activation of the “dispute settlement mechanism” of the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCPOA), synonymous with their alleged Iranian breach of the terms of a nuclear deal signed in 2015.

“Whether Iran continues to reduce its commitments with the nuclear deal will depend on the remaining parties and whether Iran’s interests can be guaranteed under the agreement,” Mousavi said. He also accused European countries of failing to fulfill its obligations under the JCPOA.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mousavi spoke at a press conference in May 2019. Image: AP.

JCPOA was signed by Iran with six powers including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in 2015 after 15 years of diplomatic negotiations. Under the deal, Iran will restrict nuclear activities in exchange for reducing international sanctions.

US President Donald Trump in 2018 announced his withdrawal from the agreement because of “ineffectiveness”, and implemented a campaign to put maximum pressure on Iran by imposing many sanctions on the country, despite objections. of the remaining countries in the agreement.

Since the United States withdrew from JCPOA in 2018, Iran has repeatedly broken its commitment in the deal in response. Tensions between the two countries were exacerbated after Washington airstrikes killed General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, prompting Tehran to retaliate with a missile strike on a base with US troops stationed in Iraq.

Iran on Thursday announced it would continue to enrich uranium indefinitely and based on its technical needs. Leaders of Britain, France and Germany then issued a joint statement urging Iran to strictly abide by the 2015 nuclear deal and curb violence.

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