Iran suspends part of Nuclear deal

Written by on May 8, 2019

Iran has suspended key commitments under the 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. President Hassan Rouhani said he would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad. He also threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium in sixty days.

Iran informed the remaining parties to the deal, France, Germany, Russia, China and the UK, of its decision this morning. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran was acting within its rights under the deal and it is up to the European powers to act.

In response, French Defence Minister Florence Parly told French media that the European powers are doing everything they can to keep the deal alive but there will be consequences and possibly sanctions if the deal is not adhered to.

China and Russia both blamed Washington’s withdrawal from the deal for the current situation. The deal was aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief. Under the deal Iran is required to sell its surplus enriched uranium abroad, rather than keep it. This is important as the material, which is a by-product of Iran’s civilian nuclear power generation, can be used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

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