Iranian state news agency ‘IRNA’ on Tuesday (May 7) claimed that Iran will reduce some of its commitments to the nuclear deal in response to the United States´ decision to withdrew from the accord.
“This will be communicated to the ambassadors of the five countries” still party to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — at a meeting on Wednesday with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi, IRNA reported.
The US unilaterally withdrew on May 8, 2018 from the 2015 multilateral deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of biting sanctions.
President Hassan Rouhani is also set to send a letter to the five countries´ heads of state in order to “clearly emphasise how much Iran has commanded patience regarding the JCPOA,” IRNA reported. “But opportunities have been lost, and the counterparts have been unable to live up to their commitments in the JCPOA, in a way that Iran is left no way but to reduce its commitments,” the news agency said, adding that Rouhani´s letter would be a “political” one.
“If the counterparts do undertake any new measures Iran will return to the previous situation” before it cut its commitments, it reported, without elaborating on which commitments Iran would step back from. “Iran´s clear request is for the banking and oil situation to return to before the US withdrawal” in May 2018, IRNA said
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