“Iran urges United States to act swiftly in relaunching nuclear deal negotiations”

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Iranian Presidency / AFP

Iran on Monday called on Western countries,especially the United States“, not to “procrastinate” in the negotiations to relaunch the nuclear deal, five years to the day after the American withdrawal. The conclusion of an agreementis possible both technically and politicallyForeign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told reporters.

«Other parties, especially the United States, procrastinatedand should show “their political determinationto relaunch the pact – known by its acronym JCPOA – concluded in 2015 then denounced by US President Donald Trump on May 8, 2018. Five years later, laborious negotiations continue between Iran and the major signatory powers of the 2015 agreement (China, Russia, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France).

«Dangerous» Iran escalation

Tehran has declared its willingness to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by accepting, during a visit in March by the director general of this UN body, Rafael Grossi, “additional verification and monitoring activitiesof its nuclear program. But Westerners criticized the “dangerous» escalation of Iran, while were detected at an Iranian nuclear site 83.7% enriched uranium particlesa level close to the threshold for making an atomic bomb.

«The Islamic Republic follows the roadmapfixed on the occasion of the visit of Rafael Grossi, andoperational actions have been initiated“, assured Nasser Kanani, without giving details, in particular the fact of reinstalling surveillance cameras on several sites. The IAEA is due to take stock of the process at the next Board of Governors scheduled for June in Vienna.

On May 8, 2018, Donald Trump – then President of the United States – announced at the White House that Washington was withdrawing from the agreement negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama to prevent Iran from acquiring the atomic bomb. Washington then reinstated all the sanctions lifted three years earlier and called on foreign companies present in Iran to leave or risk being hit by punitive measures barring their access to American markets.

2023-05-08 11:40:52

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