TEHRAN – Tehran is preparing to make a new step for the reduction of the obligations in the framework of the Joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPA). Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abas Musavi said on Monday.
“We are preparing for the fourth step to reduce obligations under the nuclear deal,” said Musavi, whose press conference was broadcast by Press TV. According to him, “Tehran hopes that Europe will fulfill its promises and Iran will not have to go for it.”
At the same time, the Foreign Ministry spokesman urged “European parties to the agreement to act independently of the US position.” “Iran welcomes the development of relations with all EU countries, including signatories of the JCPOA,” he added.
The future of the Iranian nuclear deal was in doubt after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement on May 8, 2018, and the imposition of sanctions by Washington against Iran in the field of oil exports. According to the Iranian side, the other participants, primarily Europeans, do not fully adhere to their obligations in the economic part of the agreement, so the deal in its current form does not make sense.
Exactly one year later – on May 8, 2019-Iran announced the first stage of suspending part of the obligations under the nuclear deal (stopping sales of enriched uranium) and gave the other participants two months to return to its implementation. On July 7, Tehran moved to the second phase of the suspension (announced uranium enrichment above 3.67%) and promised to reduce commitments every 60 days if other participants do not adhere to the agreements reached. On September 6, Iran announced that it had embarked on a third phase to reduce obligations under the deal and waived restrictions on research activities on the atom.