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Iranian Parliamentary Committee Calls on President to Reduce Nuclear Commitments

Iranian Parliamentary Committee Calls on President to Reduce Nuclear Commitments

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 17:45
A general view of the Arak heavy water project, 190 kilometers southwest of Tehran, Iran. (Reuters file photo)

The Iranian government should decisively implement the fourth step of reducing its nuclear deal obligations, in a move aiming at further pressuring the cabinet, less than ten days after the termination of the third deadline provided by Iran to European countries.

Chairman of the Parliament's Nuclear Committee Mohammad Ebrahim Rezaei announced that Western and European countries have shown that there is no determination to implement the obligations of the nuclear agreement.

ISNA quoted Rezaei as highlighting the need to take the fourth step a week after the third deadline announced by Iran to European countries, to prevent reductions to its nuclear commitments.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council obliged the government to lower the nuclear obligations on the country’s program stipulated in the agreement, in the context of a gradual withdrawal of the agreement.

This came in response to the US withdrawal, restoration of sanctions, and delays in what Tehran regards as European promises.

Rezaei called on the Security Council officials to implement the fourth step to reduce commitments as soon as possible, warning of the consequences of any delay.

The MP blamed the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, saying that had they not rushed to implement the commitments, there would not have been a problem.

Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said the fourth step was likely to be implemented on Wednesday, but at the same time, he indicated Iran was receiving messages from European countries and other parties.

Vaezi said President Hassan Rouhani had ordered the formation of a committee to implement the fourth step, which will be done to the timetable, if the ongoing negotiations do not yield results.

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi indicated that Rouhani will announce details of the fourth plan to reduce nuclear obligations.

Iran's chief negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Friday that the diplomatic path is still open but at the same time announced that Iran would continue to reduce its nuclear commitments if it did not get its demands.

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