Finian Cunningham is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on international affairs. Iran is right. The way to save the international nuclear accord on Iran is for all parties to honor it and to implement normal trading relations. That would also permit de-escalation of dangerous war tensions in the Gulf. Significantly, Iran’s position on resolving the impasse is supported by Russia and China. Their take is that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed four years ago this month by world powers, has been broken by President Trump’s bad-faith abrogation of the accord and his administration’s re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. As China’s foreign ministry’s spokesperson noted this week, it is the US that broke it and it must fix it. The problem is the European Union says it supports the accord but has shown little “investment” by pushing ahead with sanctions relief for Iran, as stipulated by the treaty. … [Read more...] about Europe needs to back Iran nuclear deal & stop kowtowing to US
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Nearly four years after it was agreed, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal appears to be under serious threat. How did we reach this point? The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was concluded on July 14, 2015 in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- China, Britain, France, Russia and the US -- plus Germany). It sought to bring to an end 12 years of international crisis surrounding a potentially nuclear-armed Iran. Under the terms of the deal, Iran committed never to acquire the atomic bomb and to accept drastic limits on its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting of international sanctions that had been strangling its economy. Iran also submitted to unprecedented inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But US President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the deal on May 8, 2018 -- and subsequent sanctions -- have deprived Iran of the economic benefits it expected and plunged it into recession. … [Read more...] about What are the stakes in Iran nuclear deal?
Date created : 26/06/2019 - 14:42 Iran said on Wednesday it will accelerate its enrichment of uranium as of Thursday, a date it has previously suggested could see its stock of enriched uranium exceed a cap imposed by its nuclear deal with major powers. That cap is one of many restrictions imposed by the 2015 deal with major powers that were aimed at extending the time Iran would need to produce a nuclear bomb, if it chose to, to a year from roughly 2-3 months.The United States and the UN nuclear watchdog believe Iran had a nuclear weapons programme that it abandoned. Tehran denies ever having had one.Below are some of the key restrictions imposed by the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Uranium enrichment levelThe biggest obstacle to producing nuclear weapons is obtaining enough fissile material - weapons-grade highly enriched uranium or plutonium - for the bomb's core. The deal caps the level of purity to which Iran can enrich uranium hexafluoride, the … [Read more...] about Understanding the restrictions imposed by the Iran nuclear deal
Iran warned on June 17 that it would further reduce its compliance with the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement it made with world powers -- which has significantly limited Iran's sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The announcement was expected, as Iranian President Hassan Rohani had said in May that Tehran would scale down its commitments under the nuclear deal if the remaining countries in the deal -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China -- do not help Iran benefit from the deal economically. The United States -- which originally signed the agreement -- withdrew from it in May 2018. Rohani announced the decision to surpass the agreed limit of enriched uranium on the first anniversary of Washington's exit from the deal -- which U.S. President Donald Trump has called "the worst deal ever" -- and the day the United States reimposed tough sanctions on Iran that have put great strain on the Iranian economy. What Exactly Is Iran Threatening To … [Read more...] about Explainer: How Serious Is Iran’s Nuclear Deal Violation?
After Iran's announcement on Wednesday that it will stop respecting some limits on its nuclear activities imposed under a landmark 2015 deal with world powers, attention has turned to what repercussions the latest move will have. Tehran's announcement came exactly a year after the US withdrew from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with further measures threatened if the agreement's other signatories fail to mitigate the impact of renewed American sanctions within 60 days. - What is the significance of Iran's announcement? - Experts said Iran's announcement has come in reaction to domestic pressure over the crippling impact of US sanctions. Rather than a serious escalation of its nuclear programme, it is being read as a way of putting pressure on the other signatories -- notably Germany, France and the UK. Ellie Geranmayeh of the European Council on Foreign Relations told AFP that Tehran's announcement was a "real warning shot", showing a shift from an … [Read more...] about Iran nuclear deal: what happens now?