On March 30th, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), among other issues.
The Kremlin said that the trio spoke in favor of “preserving and implementing” the JCPOA and “further coordinating steps in this direction.”
Separately, the Elysee Palace said in a statement that three leaders had agreed to take measures on the nuclear pact and coordinate their efforts to return Iran to full compliance with its international obligations as soon as possible.
The new US administration, under President Joe Biden, has claimed it is willing to rejoin the JCPOA, but conditioned the move on Tehran’s resumption of the obligations it has suspended under the Article 36 of the nuclear agreement in response to the unilateral US withdrawal in 2018 and the other parties’ failure to meet their end of the bargain.
This is still only empty rhetoric on the side of the US, since it simply follows in the footsteps of the Trump administration.
On March 29th, an unnamed Iranian official said that 20% uranium enrichment that Iran had begun would stop when the US lifts all sanctions and really rejoins the JCPOA.
“20-percent uranium enrichment is in line with Paragraph 36 of the JCPOA and will be stopped only if the US lifts all the sanctions,” the official said.
The Iranian official said the country will not stop any of its current nuclear activities before the removal of all sanctions.
“The Biden administration is losing time, and if it fails to lift the sanctions soon, Iran will take the next steps, which will be further reduction of its JCPOA commitments,” the official added.
The Iranian official made the remarks in reaction to a report by Politico which claimed the US is to end the deadlock over the 2015 nuclear deal with a new proposal.
Biden administration officials, mindful of the increasingly unfavorable calendar, plan to put forth a new proposal to jump-start the talks as soon as this week, two people familiar with the situation told Politico.
Iran is in touch with the remaining participants in the #JCPOA on issues.
No proposal is needed for the US to rejoin the JCPOA. It only requires a political decision by the US to fully and immediately implement all of its obligations under the accord and abide by UNSCR 2231.
— Iran at the UN (@Iran_UN) March 29, 2021
The proposal asks Iran to halt some of its nuclear activities, such as work on advanced centrifuges and the enrichment of uranium to 20% purity, in exchange for some relief from US economic sanctions, said one of the unnamed sources.
Shahrokh Nazemi, the head of the press section at Iran’s mission to the United Nations, told Politico that the “return of the US to the [deal] needs no specific proposal. It only requires a political decision by the US to go for the full and immediate implementation of its obligations under” the agreement and a key UN resolution.”
Finally, on March 30th, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the administration of US President Joe Biden for upholding the same pressure policy of his predecessor, Donald Trump, which he himself once criticized sharply.
"It's sadly ironic that the State Dept is now calling on Iran to abide by the very deal the Trump administration abandoned."@POTUS, 2019
Your admin follows Trump's footsteps while trying to use his unlawful sanctions as "leverage".
Nasty habits die hard. Time to kick this one. pic.twitter.com/PIhN1YwT3e
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 30, 2021
To show the hypocrisy, he shared a statement made by Biden earlier.
Previously, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed that Washington must first lift all the sanctions it has imposed on Tehran in a verifiable manner before the Islamic Republic would return to full compliance with the JCPOA.
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