Iran has decided to put on hold some of its commitments under a landmark 2015 Nuclear Deal with major powers rejected by the United States in 2018, informed the Foreign Ministry.
The Foreign Ministry continued that “the decision of the high-security council to ‘stop acting on some of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitments under the JCPOA (nuclear deal)’ was communicated to the heads of state of the countries” still party to deal with the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany.
It said that Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi had passed the decision to the ambassadors of the five major nation in the meeting today.
The meeting was arranged after the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged Iran of planning “imminent” attacks on a speedily organized visit to neighboring Iraq.
The United States had also positioned an aircraft carrier strike outfit and several massive, nuclear-capable B-52 Bombers to the Middle East after National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned Washington to reply with “unrelenting force” to any expected attack by Tehran.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected the US Military assumptions and stressed that the action of Iran was not an infringement of the 2015 Nuclear Deal, which it has signed with major powers.
Under the 2015 Nuclear Deal, “the Islamic Republic has seen it suitable to stop acting on some of its commitments and measures it voluntarily undertook,” informed Zarif to state television from Moscow, where he was on an official visit.
Highlighting that “Iran will not withdraw” from the deal, Zarif claims “this right has been set for Iran in the JCPOA; we are not operating outside of the JCPOA but are in fact working in its framework.”
He continued that the measures were in line with Section 26 and Section 36 of the deal that permits Iran to cease some or all of its commitments if the US or others failed to understand the agreement, including reimposing sanctions.
In 2018, Washington has reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions after withdrawn from the agreement, which is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May.
Under the 2015 Nuclear Deal, Iran has agreed to rein in its nuclear activities in concerned to the easing of the sanctions.