Iran may “reconsider” its obligations to the IAEA

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran warned on Sunday it could “seriously reconsider” its obligations to the UN nuclear watchdog if European signatories to the nuclear deal resort to a mechanism to resolve disputes that could lead to sanctions.

The nuclear deal signed in Vienna in 2015 is in danger of collapse since the United States unilaterally withdrew last year and began imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The three European signatories – Britain, France and Germany – are trying to save it, but so far their efforts have not been successful.

“If they (the mechanism) are launched, Iran will be forced to seriously reconsider its obligations to the IAEA,” Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said.

“If they think this will benefit them more, they can move forward,” he told a news conference in Tehran.

A year after Washington withdrew from the deal, Tehran has begun to take a series of steps that violate its obligations under the deal.

After its last action this month to renege on its obligations, European countries warned that they would resort to the dispute settlement mechanism of the agreement.

The agreement includes a dispute settlement mechanism that is divided into several stages. A path that could take months could lead to a UN Security Council vote on the possibility that Iran would continue to benefit from the lifting of sanctions, which was approved at the time of signing the agreement.

Larijani said the impasse with the United States would “be resolved” if Washington learned from the past.

Before signing the nuclear deal in June, Obama “wrote a letter and said,” I agree to enrich Iran (uranium), and now let’s negotiate, “he said.

“If US officials have this, drawing on the experience of the past, they will be able to resolve this issue.”

The nuclear deal imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions on Tehran.


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