Rouhani Asks EU To Play Bigger Role In Implementing Iranian Nuke Deal

Laura Christensen
August 17, 2017

Rouhani said that a reconstituted nuclear program would be "far more advanced", a veiled threat that the country could start enriching uranium up to the level of 20 percent, a step toward building a nuclear weapon.

On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Tehran can go back to conditions before conclusion of the JCPOA within hours if the United States continues to violate the terms of the agreement and impose new sanctions against the country.

While Iran and the United States continue to accuse each other of violating the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal, a UK-based researcher suggests that Washington attempts to change the accord's terms in its favor.

"Iran can not be allowed to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage".

Earlier this week, Iran's parliament voted to increase spending on the country's ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

"The new administration of the United States must comply with its obligations under the JCPOA", the researcher suggested. "It was Iran's preference, but it was not and will not remain Iran's only option", he added.

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Haley is scheduled next week to meet with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to discuss Iran's nuclear activities with IAEA leadership.

He said the world had seen clearly that under President Trump the USA was "not a good partner or a reliable negotiator", noting that he had said he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord and reverse parts of an agreement with Cuba. These sanctions have predictably empowered rather than marginalized the IRGC and hardliners in the country.

Speaking in a press briefing on Tuesday, Nauert said, "We still believe what Iran is doing is destabilizing and that the JCPOA does not fully recognize and comprehend and encompass all these destabilizing activities that Iran is engaged in".

"Iran, I think, is very unlikely to withdraw from the deal". Many of these activities violate Iran's global obligations, including UN Security Council Resolution 2231. However, he forgets to mention that Iran has been working on it for more than ten years.

According to Davidson, Washington needed to show to its allies in the region, including Riyadh, that it was "tough" on Iran, but the two sides realized that the nuclear deal was good for business, so neither was likely to willingly lose these advantages.

Qasemi said: 'We advise the U.S. side to be realistic in case of Iran's key role in fighting terrorism in the Middle East'.

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