Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Zarif reiterates that Iran is open to negotiate to save the nuclear agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif has assured that his country leaves "the door open for negotiation and understanding" regarding the 2015 nuclear agreement, despite the decision to resume uranium enrichment at the Fordo plant.

"We started the talks from day one and said no to the negotiations," Zarif said on his arrival last night in Turkey at a meeting of the Asian Economic Cooperation Organization, Iranian state television published on Saturday.

The chief of the diplomacy insisted that they will maintain a dialogue with "those interested in preserving the JCPOA (acronym in English of the nuclear agreement)" and indicated that France is also conducting consultations in this regard.

Of the three European countries signatory to the nuclear agreement, France is the one that is most actively trying to mediate and achieve a solution so that Tehran returns to comply with the pact, signed in 2015 between Iran and six major powers, but from which the US withdrew last year unilaterally.

The Iranian authorities began last May to reduce compliance with their nuclear commitments to pressure the other signatories (Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany), and mainly Europeans, to counter the sanctions imposed by the US after Your withdrawal from the agreement.

"We make it clear that if the measures of the other parties do not give results, we will take the following steps to reduce our JCPOA commitments," Zarif said.

Despite this, the Foreign Minister recalled that Iranian President Hasan Rohaní himself announced from the outset that they will continue to negotiate while carrying out those measures that are also being supervised by the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ).

Iran has already exceeded the limits allowed by the JCPOA for uranium storage and its enrichment level, and has also launched advanced centrifuges, when it could only use the first generation.

In the fourth step of reducing its commitments, adopted last Wednesday, the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEAI) injected gas into the 1,044 centrifuges in Fordo, where it intends to enrich uranium to at least 4.5%.

According to the JCPOA, the enrichment limit is 3.67%, but the Iranian authorities have already exceeded it last July, and Fordo must be a center for nuclear and physical technology, rather than an enriched uranium production plant.

The 2015 pact limits the Iranian nuclear program so that Tehran does not develop the atomic bomb in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, so Washington's punitive measures have left it very weak as Tehran cannot enjoy these economic advantages.

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