Europe Is Warned Of « Last Chance » To Save Iran Nuclear Deal
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned European Union (EU) countries that they have a « last chance » to preserve the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. He wrote this on his Twitter account.
According to Zarif, he put this condition during the last conference of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) participating countries. The Iranian spokesman stressed that the Troika (Britain, France and Germany) had violated its obligations under the deal and were responsible for the « irreparable damage that has been done to the Iranian people ».
Earlier, the JCPOA member states had indicated their readiness to support the return of the US to the deal. The foreign ministers stressed the determination of the parties to approach the issue positively through joint efforts.
On 14 December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced his unwillingness to negotiate on his missile programme with the new US administration. Meanwhile, on 18 December, it was revealed that Iran had resumed work on the clandestine Fordo nuclear facility, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant south of Tehran.
In 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed sanctions on Tehran. In early December, new US president-elect Joe Biden said he planned to bring Washington back into the deal. He also said he planned to negotiate and conclude further agreements with Iran that would « tighten and extend restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme as well as address its missile programme ».