Zarif: the latest reduction in nuclear obligations does not contradict the JCPOA

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the rejection of the last key limitation on the nuclear deal regarding the number of centrifuges does not contradict the agreement.

Iran announced on Sunday the waiver of “the last key limitation in the nuclear deal regarding the number of centrifuges,” and said that now “there are no restrictions on working with Iran’s nuclear program.” At the same time, Tehran intends to continue to cooperate with the IAEA , as before, and is ready to return to fulfilling its obligations in the event of lifting the sanctions and ensuring Tehran’s interests stipulated by the nuclear deal.

“This step is within the framework of the JCPOA (nuclear deal), and all five steps are reversible after the effective fulfillment of mutual obligations,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.

For the first time, Tehran abandoned a number of nuclear restrictions on the anniversary of the US withdrawing from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program – Washington left the deal on May 8, 2018, Tehran responded exactly a year later, calling it “strategic patience.” The refusal to fulfill a number of clauses of the transaction in the first stage concerned the reserves of enriched uranium and heavy water.

Subsequently, authorities in Tehran announced the second phase of the reduction in obligations, saying that Iran would enrich uranium at the level that it needed. The third stage began on September 6: then Iran said it had started working with a number of centrifuges, without limiting itself in the field of nuclear research and development to the terms of the deal.

For the fourth time, Iran refused obligations on the deal on November 6, starting using centrifuges to enrich uranium at the facility in Fordo, while the deal suggests that the complex in Natanz will be the only one for such purposes.


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