Europe rejects Iran’s ultimatum and paves the way for Iranian withdrawal from the agreement

Europe decides to say “no” to Tehran, which has given two months to three European countries that signed the Iranian nuclear agreement of 2015 to fully fulfil their commitments to the agreement and to set in motion the barter mechanism called Instex (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges), set up by Paris, Berlin and London in late January.

In a joint statement issued on Thursday, May 9, the European countries involved in the Iranian nuclear issue, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union, rejected Thursday Iran’s ultimatum, which gave them 60 days to question new aspects of the agreement.

“We reject any ultimatum and will assess Iran’s compliance with its nuclear commitments,” warn these countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini.

The communiqué recalls the important role of the IAEA as the only competent body to supervise and review Iran’s nuclear commitments. Europe has expressed its “deep concern” after Iran suspended restrictions on the sale of its enriched uranium and heavy water. In their statement, the Europeans also regretted that the United States had once again imposed sanctions against Iran after its exit from the nuclear agreement in May 2018.

Yesterday, Iranian President Hassan Rohani wrote a letter to the leaders of the five European countries (United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany + China) in which he announced the decision of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council to suspend certain commitments.

In this context, Iran has announced that it will stop the sale of its enriched uranium and heavy water.

Under the agreement, Iran undertook to sell its enriched uranium in exchange for yellow cake (uranium ore powder) as soon as its volume reaches 300 kilograms. Similarly, it sold its heavy water whenever its production volume was 130 kilograms.

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