UK, Germany, France call Iran nuclear moves “deeply worrying”

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The UK, Germany and France issued a statement on Monday calling Iran’s recent initiatives on its nuclear program “deeply concerning” – as did the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal and the role of states -United in this one remain uncertain.

The three countries, which are the founding participants of the 2015 accord, continued to support the accord (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPoA) even after the Trump administration withdrew the United States. United of the agreement in 2018 and that Iran had violated limits of its activity.

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But those efforts took another blow this month, when Iran announced it was expanding its enrichment and passed a law that would restrict oversight by the UN nuclear watchdog.

“Iran’s recent announcement to the IAEA of its intention to install three more cascades of advanced centrifuges at the Natanz fuel enrichment plant is contrary to the JCPoA and deeply disturbing,” the statement said. – saying E3.

He called the restrictions on the watchdog – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “incompatible with the JCPoA and Iran’s broader nuclear commitments.” ”

“If Iran is serious about preserving a diplomatic space, it should not implement these steps,” the statement said. “Such a move would jeopardize our joint efforts to preserve the JCPoA and risk jeopardizing the important opportunity for a return to diplomacy with the new US administration.”

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The reference to the new administration refers to a perceived change in policy on Iran likely to occur when President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January.

Biden, along with members of his new administration, called on the United States to re-enter the deal. It is likely that this would also be accompanied by a relaxation of the “maximum pressure” policy pursued by the Trump administration.

“We think it’s doable and achievable,” Jake Sullivan, Biden’s choice as national security adviser, said Monday at a Wall Street Journal event.

Iran has said it will follow the JCPoA if the United States does return.

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“The United States must implement without preconditions its obligations under the JCPoA,” Foreign Minister Javad Zarif recently said, according to The Guardian. “He has to show his good faith, he has to establish his good faith, and then Iran will come back into full compliance with the JCPoA.”

The E3 statement said they welcomed Biden’s statements about the JCPoA “and a diplomatic channel to address Iran’s broader concerns.”

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