TEHRAN–Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani threatened Wednesday to resume high-level uranium enrichment unless the interests of his country in the nuclear deal with world powers were protected within 60 days.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran declares that it no longer sees itself committed at the present stage to respect the limitations on maintaining enriched uranium and heavy water reserves,” the Supreme National Security Council of Iran (SNSC) said in a statement.
The SNSC said other partners would have to dampen pressure on Iran as a result of subsequent U.S. sanctions within the deadline, otherwise the country “will also cease implementing restrictions on levels of uranium enrichment and measures related to the modernization of the Arak Heavy Water Reactor.” “Once our demands are met, we will resume implementing the canceled undertakings. Otherwise, in consequent phases, the Islamic Republic of Iran will halt compliance with its other undertakings, “warned the SNSC.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the country “has made it impossible for Washington to continue” to stop measures.
Last year, the United States. President Donald Trump withdrew his country from a landmark 2015 Iran-P5 + 1 nuclear deal (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Shortly thereafter, Washington re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran targeting the energy and banking sectors of the country; Trump also called on other players to stop the Muslim majority nation’s import of oil.
Russia Stands By Iran
The Kremlin said Wednesday that Russia remained committed to the nuclear deal with Iran and denounced “unreasonable pressure” which led Tehran to suspend some of its undertakings under the deal.
Reiterating the “commitment” made by Moscow to the agreement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced “unconceived and arbitrary decisions putting unreasonable pressure on Iran.”