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‘For medical & humanitarian causes solely’: Tehran hits again after London, Paris & Berlin voice ‘issues’ over 20% enrichment

‘For medical & humanitarian reasons only’: Tehran hits back after London, Paris & Berlin voice ‘concerns’ over 20% enrichment


Iran’s International Ministry spokesman has slammed the UK, Germany and France after they accused Tehran of a “grave breach” of its uranium enrichment obligations. The Western nations didn’t fulfil their obligations both, he stated.

These nations “think about Iran’s motion a violation of its obligations,” International Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh advised Iran’s ISNA information company on Wednesday, commenting on the most recent assertion by the three European international locations. But, they’ve by no means met their very own obligations, he countered, including that the trio had caved in to America’s “oppressive strain” as a substitute.

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Tehran is able to droop what it calls “compensatory measures” as quickly as sanctions imposed towards it by the US are lifted, Khatibzadeh stated.

Iran started breaching the phrases of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally often called the Joint Complete Plan of Motion (JCPOA), after then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018 and reintroduced US sanctions towards Iran. He additionally later slapped the nation with further sanctions.

On Tuesday, Tehran knowledgeable the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company (IAEA) that it was enriching uranium metallic to 20% at its Tehran Analysis Reactor. Uranium metallic can be utilized to make the core of a nuclear warhead.

The event instantly prompted Berlin, London and Paris, that are all events to the 2015 nuclear deal – alongside the US, Russia and China – to concern a damning joint assertion accusing Iran of a “grave breach” of its obligations underneath the JCPOA.

“Iran has no credible civilian want for uranium metallic R&D and manufacturing, that are a key step within the improvement of a nuclear weapon,” the assertion stated.

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In line with Khatibzadeh, although, this enrichment is required for “peaceable, medicinal and humanitarian makes use of.”

The three states additionally urged Tehran to cease the violations and return to the negotiating desk in Vienna, the place the unique signatories to the deal have been working for months to mediate oblique talks between Iran and the US. The talks started after America’s President Joe Biden demonstrated his willingness to return to the deal.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has all the time spoken of its readiness to renew its obligations if the US sanctions are lifted and has clearly conveyed these factors to the opposite facet through the Vienna talks,” Khatibzadeh stated on Wednesday. The spokesman added that Tehran would by no means tolerate any type of strain, and the previous years have proven that Trump’s ‘most strain’ strategy has failed.

Earlier this yr, Iran introduced uranium enrichment to a fair greater stage of purity – 60% – in response to an alleged Israeli assault on its Natanz nuclear facility. The Vienna talks have in the meantime paused after their sixth spherical in late June, and no new date for the restart of negotiations has been introduced but.

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