Iran threatens to reverse its nuclear deal & # 39; to & # 39; pre-deal situation & # 39;
Iran has threatened to roll back its historic nuclear pact & # 39; to a pre-deal situation, after the US urged the European allies to adopt a harder stance against the country.
The Iranian Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday that it could roll back its nuclear program to its status before restrictions were imposed under a 2015 agreement with world powers.
& # 39; If Europeans and Americans do not want to perform their duties … we will reduce our obligations and … roll back the conditions to four years ago & # 39 ;, said agency spokesperson, Behrouz Kamalvandi, quoted by the state agency IRNA.
& # 39; These promotions are not out of persistence. It is to give diplomacy a chance so that the other party comes to their senses and performs their duties, "he added.
The threat comes after the US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland urged European countries to return Iran & # 39; to the table & # 39; and join the United States to condemn the actions of the country.
EU foreign leaders are meeting today in Brussels to try and save the 2015 deal, which Jeremy Hunt (photo) claims is not yet dead & # 39;
Iran has threatened to reverse the nuclear deal & # 39; & # 39; to a pre-deal situation, after the US urged its European allies to adopt a tougher stance against the country (Pictured: hostage supertanker Grace 1)
Foreign EU leaders met today in Brussels to try and save the 2015 deal, which, according to Jeremy Hunt, is not dead yet.
Iran urged Europe on Monday to & # 39; effective & # 39; take steps to save the nuclear deal, and tell those involved & # 39; make practical, effective, and responsible decisions & # 39; to save the important deal.
& # 39; We emphasize that the ongoing voluntary and goodwill-based actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran are rooted in the principle of reciprocity of rights and duties & # 39; in the nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The deal promised economic benefits and sanctions for Iran, but US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in May 2018 and reintroduced severe punitive measures against the Islamic Republic.
Angry that the besieged economy does not receive sanctions that she believes have been promised under the deal, Iran has intensified sensitive uranium enrichment work.
The tensions were high after the seizure of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar (Pictured: a British patrol ship guard from the British navy seized oil super anchor Grace 1)
Tensions were high after the seizure of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. The ship was arrested on suspicion of violation of EU sanctions against Syria.
In apparent retaliation, Iranian paramilitary ships later attempted to obstruct the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz last week.
Britain has since accelerated the dispatch of the destroyer HMS Duncan to relieve the HMS Montrose, the frigate operating in the Persian Gulf and alerting Iranian ships.
Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, said: & I think the time for reflection is over.
& # 39; I think it's time to act, and by acting, I mean that our European friends must join the US to unequivocally condemn Iran's actions with regard to their malicious activities, not just in the Strait of Hormuz all over the world, bringing them back to the table to discuss a comprehensive negotiation of all their activities, including currently & # 39; the world's foremost state sponsor of terror, portraying attacks in Europe, their missile development program and their general aggression in the Middle East. & # 39;
On BBC Radio 4 & # 39; s Today program, he rejected & # 39; complete nonsense & # 39; a review by Sir Kim Darroch that Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal in an act of regret because it was agreed by his predecessor Barack Obama.
US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland (photo) called on EU countries to bring Iran back to the negotiating table and said: "I think it's time to act, and by acting, I mean that our European friends should join the US to unequivocally condemn Iran's actions with regard to their malicious activities & # 39;
Sir Kim resigned as a British ambassador to Washington after his sensitive diplomatic messages had leaked out and Mr. Sondland said that Trump's approach to the deal with Iran had been "very, very thoughtful."
Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter that he wanted to reduce tensions about the seizure of supertanker Grace 1, but hinted that Iran would face consequences if it did not adhere to the terms of the nuclear deal.
He said: & # 39; On the way to Brussels for urgent talks about how tensions can be reduced with Iran.
& # 39; Their approach to the Middle East has caused great destabilization, but we want to reduce so as not to increase the tensions around Grace 1 and to avoid a nucleized region.
& # 39; But a deal is a deal and if a party breaks it … & # 39;
In a statement issued on Sunday, Britain, France and Germany reiterated their commitment to the joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA).
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