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EU Warns Iran Deal at Critical Juncture

EU Warns Iran Deal at Critical Juncture

Wednesday, 20 January, 2021 - 06:45
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell addresses lawmakers during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has warned the Iran nuclear deal is at a "critical juncture", as Tehran's moves to breach it threaten efforts to get the US back on board.

"We have seen very concerning developments on the nuclear side as well as new rounds of US sanctions," Borrell wrote to EU foreign ministers in a letter seen by AFP on Tuesday.

"That risks undermining diplomatic efforts, including ours, to facilitate a US return to the JCPOA and to bring back Iran to the full implementation of its JCPOA commitments," said the letter.

On Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview that Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement.

His comments came after signatories Britain, France and Germany called on Iran to halt plans to produce uranium metal, after Tehran told the UN's nuclear watchdog it was advancing research on the issue.

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that metal uranium has peaceful applications and some countries use metal uranium for their reactors and it is not in contradiction with non-proliferation treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards commitments.

For his part, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday that the United States needs to honor its international commitments to UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“Tomorrow, the evil Trump administration will come to an end and the United States will have a new president,” Rabiei said, adding that President-elect Joe Biden will have a chance to represent the loud voice of the American people who want to change the way which led to humiliation, chaos and isolation of the US in the international community over the past four years.

He said the policy of maximum pressure on the Iranian nation turned to a big historical scandal not only for those who imposed an unprecedented suffering to the innocent people, but also for those who contributed to these sufferings by fanning the flames of the “modern savagery” in their foreign-based media.'ol0

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