European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims 

Source: European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims | The Times of Israel

EU says it will wait for UN confirmation on Tehran’s announcement of increased production, cautions that Europe’s commitment to 2015 pact depends on Iranian compliance

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, October 28, 2019. (Francisco Seco/AP)

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, October 28, 2019. (Francisco Seco/AP)

The European Union on Monday warned that it could back away from supporting the Iran nuclear deal, after Tehran announced a major increase in enriched uranium production.

Following a series of steps away from its commitments under the 2015 accord, the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency said Monday that production of enriched uranium had reached five kilos a day and two new advanced centrifuges had been developed.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, said that the EU’s backing for the deal depends on Tehran keeping up its end of the pact.

She said the bloc “took note” of the announcement but would wait for confirmation by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency before responding.

“We have continued to urge Iran to reverse such steps without delay and to refrain from other measures that would undermine the nuclear deal,” Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels, saying the EU “remained committed” to the nuclear deal.

“But we have also been consistent in saying that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran.”

The Vienna-based IAEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday on Iran’s announcement. The UN agency is tasked with monitoring Tehran’s nuclear activities to assess its compliance with the 2015 agreement with major powers, which has been severely undermined by Washington’s abandonment of it in May last year.

There was also no immediate reaction from Israel or the United States, which backed away from the deal last year.

Tehran decided in May to suspend certain commitments under the accord, a year after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic.

By starting up the advanced centrifuges, Iran further cut into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one. Iran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though Western fears about its work led to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran has so far hit back with three packages of countermeasures and threatened to go even further if the remaining partners to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — fail to help it circumvent US sanctions.


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3 Comments on “European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims ”

  1. arib Says:

    I hope that those simpering maggots at the EU are sweating profusely, at the prospect of being targeted by Iran. They are hog swill and when they BEG for protection from Israel, or the US, I will be at the front, giving them a BIG EXTENDED MIDDLE FINGER!

    It’s not that I RESENT, how many times they’ve thrown Israel under the bus, ya know???

  2. arib Says:

    I hope that the emir of eurabia puts mogherini and margot wallstrom into his harem.

  3. The Iranians had decades to develop a nuclear arsenal. It’s hard to believe they’re still on the threshold. This whole dangerous game is nothing more than political posturing on a world stage fraught with kickbacks, arms sales, and terrorism. Meanwhile, world leaders scramble to find a political position of inaction in order to avoid armed confrontation so badly needed to protect their own citizens. That, my friends, is what globalism has to offer.

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