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Iran Threatens to Revert to Pre-2015 Nuclear Development Levels

Iran Threatens to Revert to Pre-2015 Nuclear Development Levels

FILE - The Iranian flag flutters in front the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, July 10, 2019. Iran is threatening to restore its nuclear program to its status before Tehran signed the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

"If the Europeans and the Americans don't want to carry out their duties ... we will decrease our commitments and ... reverse the conditions to four years ago," the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted an atomic agency spokesman as saying. "These actions are not out of obstinacy. It is to give diplomacy a chance so that the other side [can] come to their senses and carry out their duties."

The 2015 deal calls on Iran to slash its uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief from the United States and the five other signatories — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

President Donald Trump called the agreement "horrible," pulled the U.S. out of it last year, and reimposed sanctions on Iran.  Iran has already withdrawn from parts of the agreement and threatens to back away even further unless the remaining countries help its sanctions-battered economy. 

Iran has already exceeded the size of the uranium stockpile permitted under the deal and increased the uranium enrichment level, although it is still nowhere near what is needed to build a nuclear weapon.

But Iran's foreign ministry said it would stay committed to the accord at the same level as the other signatories stay committed to it.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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16 2019 15:16 -

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