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Rouhani: Iran ends compliance with two JCPOA commitments

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani announcing an end to two commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement
Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani announcing an end to two commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, May 8, 2019 - Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, one year after the United States pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal – commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – announced Tehran will not exit the JCPOA and under its framework the mullahs’ will stop their cooperation to two of their commitments for a period of 60 days.

“Today, we announced an end two measures. We will no longer observe a limit for the 300 kilograms of low enriched uranium and stop selling excess enriched uranium. We will also no longer observe a 130 ton limit on heavy water production and stop selling excess amounts abroad. This measure is for 60 days,” Rouhani said.

These two commitments referred to by Rouhani are subjects that the U.S. last week announced an end to waivers over such activities. Washington said all parties involved in deals with Tehran over enriched uranium or heavy water will come under U.S. sanctions. Prior to this, Ali Larijani, speaker of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) had specifically said Tehran will continue its light enriched uranium production under the JCPOA framework and other parties “can purchase or not purchase it.”

Stockpiling enriched uranium and heavy water by the mullahs’ regime are considered violations of the JCPOA & United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. It emphasizes the utter necessity for a complete shutdown of Iran’s enrichment, heavy water, and all other nuclear sites, exposing military aspects of the regime’s nuclear initiatives and snap inspections of all sites.

Subsequent to the temporary agreement signed with between P5+1 and the Iranian regime in November 2013, Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called for the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions. This, in particular, should include a complete stoppage of uranium enrichment and unrestricted access to IAEA inspectors as necessary steps to prevent the mullahs from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The Iranian people demand an end to all of the regime’s nuclear apparatus, which is against their interests. It wastes Iran’s resources and destroys its economy. It is a tool to survive religious fascism, which is faced with popular outrage and is on the verge of being overthrown.

The international community is also voicing major concerns in regards to today’s announcement by Tehran.

The United Kingdom is extremely concerned about Tehran’s announcement on scaling back curbs to its nuclear program, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said, emphasizing Tehran should not take escalating steps.

“We are extremely concerned about this announcement and urge Iran to continue to meet its commitments under the deal and not to take escalating steps,” the spokesman told reporters.

“This deal is a crucial agreement which makes the world safer and we will ensure it remains in place for as long as Iran upholds these commitments.”

France but warned Tehran that if it were to not keep to its commitments then the question of triggering a mechanism that could lead to sanctions would be on the table.

Defense Minister Florence Parly warned that there would be consequences and possibly sanctions if Iran breached the deal.

“This is probably one of the things that will be examined,” she said.

“If these commitments were not respected, naturally this question would be asked.”

Germany regrets statements made by the Iranian regime and urges Tehran not to take any aggressive steps, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, said Iran’s decision to withdraw from parts of the 2015 nuclear deal is regrettable. It will negatively impact global & regional security and as a JCPOA broker, the European Union must discuss this development & respond adequately, he added.