Sunday, 28 November 2021

Iran announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

TEHRAN: Iran announced it was partially withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal, marking a serious escalation in Tehran’s faceoff with the United States. President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech that Iran would reduce its “commitments” to the deal, but would not fully withdraw, amid heightened pressure from the US in recent weeks.

Rouhani said that from this week, Iran will keep its excess enriched uranium and heavy water, rather than sell it to other countries as previously agreed to limit its stockpile. The President said drastic measures would be implemented unless the remaining signatories of the deal – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – eased restrictions on Iran’s banking and oil sectors in the next 60 days. The measures include removing caps on uranium enrichment levels, and resuming work on its Arak nuclear facility. The move comes a year after the US unilaterally withdrew from the deal, over the stringent objections of other signatories.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that Iran’s letter outlining its withdrawal was “intentionally vague,” adding that its threats to implement further action were “in order to get the world to jump.” The US will have to wait and “see what Iran’s actions actually are,” Pompeo said during a joint press briefing with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in London. Hunt meanwhile — whose country has repeatedly pledged its support for the deal — warned Iran “there will be consequences” if it does not comply with the agreement. “I’m sure I speak for my European colleagues in that respect as well. This is a very big moment for Iran,” added Hunt.

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