Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic is prepared to reverse the measures it took to reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear in case the Europeans live up to their part of the bargain.
“Today, Iran is taking its second round of remedial steps under Paragraph 36 of the JCPOA,” Zarif said in a Sunday tweet, shortly after the country announced the beginning of the second phase of reducing its nuclear commitments.
“We reserve the right to continue to exercise legal remedies within JCPOA to protect our interests in the face of US Economic Terrorism,” he added.
“All such steps are reversible only through E3 compliance,” Zarif stressed.
The Iranian foreign minister at the same time called on the European parties to support Iran’s measures, which Tehran says are actually aimed at saving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“Having failed to implement their obligations under JCPOA – including after US withdrawal –EU/E3 should at minimum politically support Iran’s remedial measures under Paragraph 36, including at IAEA,” he said.
“E3 have no pretexts to avoid a firm political stance to preserve JCPOA and counter US unilateralism,” Zarif noted.
Iran on Sunday officially announced it is boosting the level of its uranium enrichment to a level beyond the 3.67% limit set by the JCPOA.
The decision was announced by Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei in a press conference also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi.
“Today we will surpass the 3.67% limit on uranium enrichment. The purity level will be based on our need, and that will be officially realized today,” Rabiei said.
Araqchi said the second phase begins as the 60-day deadline Iran had given the other JCPOA parties is over without Iran’s demands being fulfilled.