Iran warns of cancelling nuclear deal

Monday, 2019-11-11 09:19:42
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IR-6 centrifuges for uranium enrichment in the Natanz nuclear facilities, central Iran. (Photo: AP)
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NDO – On November 9, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi warned that a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group (including UK, France, USA, Russia, China and Germany), also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), could collapse just before the 2020 US presidential election if the US cannot find a solution to the nuclear crisis in the next few months, reported TASS and Reuters.

* On the same day, Iran announced that it was enriching uranium at 5%, after taking steps to withdraw commitments under the JCPOA. The deal allows Iran to enrich uranium to a limit of 3.67% but Tehran has declared non-compliance after the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and re-imposed Iran sanctions. Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi confirmed that Iran currently produces uranium at 5%, adding that Iran is capable of enriching uranium at 5%, 20%, 60% or any other level.

* Also on November 9, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi criticised the recent US move to establish a naval coalition in the Gulf, saying that this would only cause global insecurity. Mousavi called on countries in the region to take collective measures to ensure stable regional security without foreign intervention.