UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran would announce “today or tomorrow” a new reduction in its commitments to the international community in the nuclear field.
Considering that France’s diplomatic efforts to try to avoid these new Iranian measures are unlikely to succeed before the deadline set by Tehran, Rouhani told the cabinet that the announcement would focus on “the details (…) of the third phase” of Iran’s strategy to curb. One of these commitments began in May, according to a statement from the Iranian presidency.
The statement added that Rouhani discussed the progress of negotiations with Europe at the cabinet session. This solution will continue throughout the day and tomorrow, so we will take the third step in reducing our nuclear obligations. ”
The Iranian president told parliament’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday that “the third phase of the reduction” of Iran’s obligations would be carried out as planned “in the coming days” unless other parties take an “important” step towards his country, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The agency quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as saying earlier that his country is ready to return to full implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement in exchange for a credit line of about 15 billion dollars currently being negotiated with the Europeans.
France, Germany, Britain and the Islamic Republic are discussing ways to preserve the international agreement reached in Vienna in 2015 following the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in May 2018 and reimposed a series of tough economic sanctions on Iran.
The Vienna agreement allows for a partial lifting of international sanctions against Iran in return for strict restrictions on its nuclear program to prevent it from developing its nuclear weapons capability.
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