France, Germany UK Issue Joint Statement On Iran Nuclear Deal
Ministries of Foreign Affairs of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issued a joint statement on the resumption of uranium enrichment at the Fordow fuel enrichment plant in Iran. They called on the Iranian authorities to immediately return to fulfillment of obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The joint statement was prepared to continue diplomatic efforts to « create conditions and help ease tension in the Middle East in the interest of preserving international peace and security. » The countries believe that Iran’s actions do not meet the conditions of the JCPOA.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) previously recorded uranium particles at one of Iran’s facilities; authorities did not provide information about this to the agency. In this regard, the IAEA called on Iran to continue its interaction with the organization. According to it, the level of uranium enrichment reached 4.5%, while, in a nuclear deal, the figure could reach 3.67%.
Leaders of several countries in 2015 signed the JCPOA deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program. In exchange for this, sanctions were lifted from Iran. In 2018, the United States withdrew from the transaction by renewing sanctions. A year later, Iran announced the first phase of a reduction in transaction obligations. In November 2019, the country resumed uranium enrichment at the Fordow plant.