Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran to scale back nuclear deal commitments: Tasnim

Iran to scale back nuclear deal commitments: Tasnim

Iran will continue scaling back its compliance with its nuclear deal commitments in the absence of "positive signals" from other signatories to the pact, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a meeting of Russia, China and other Asia leaders in Tajikistan.

The EU's second most senior diplomat affirmed the bloc's support for the nuclear deal between world powers with Iran, including via the use of a new payment system for barter-based trade created to circumvent USA sanctions.

The U.S. withdrew from a 2015 accord between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

"Obviously, Iran can not stick to this agreement unilaterally", President Hassan Rouhani told Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders at a conference in Tajikistan. The U.S. has accused Tehran of carrying out the attacks, a charge Iran has denied.

Critical of Washington's move, the European parties to the JCPOA vowed efforts to keep the deal in place by protecting Tehran against the USA sanctions, but did little in practice.

The nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was negotiated by six world powers and offered Iran reprieve from worldwide and unilateral sanctions in exchange for voluntarily restricting its nuclear program.

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Iran did not specify what actions it will take or say what "positive signals" it expects to see from its global partners.

Washington has ratcheted up pressure on Iran, saying it wants to prevent Teheran from developing a nuclear bomb, rein in its ballistic missile programme and end what it calls Iranian meddling in the Middle East.

The president didn't specify what signals the country wants to see, but Tehran has previously repeatedly called on signatories, especially European Union states, to ensure the fulfilment of their end of the nuclear deal and to create a mechanism that would allow businesses to deal with Iran without having to fear American sanctions.

His comment comes days after, two oil tankers- Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous- were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. "There is too much that they do that we don't agree with". Insurance costs in the Persian Gulf are soaring.

"The suspicious nature of incidents for oil tanker is not a joke", Mousavi said.

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