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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Iran Threatens to Raise Enrichment If EU Fails to Retain Deal

Politics

7Dnews London - Reuters

Sun, 20 May 2018 08:54 GMT

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Iran could resume its 20% uranium enrichment if the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal fail to keep it alive following Washington's withdrawal. "If the other side keeps itself committed to its promises we also will be keeping ourselves to our promises... Our policy is wait and see now ... for just a few weeks time ... There are all kind of possibilities, we can ... start the 20% enrichment," Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters. He added, "We hope their efforts materialise ... America's actions ... show that it is not a trustworthy country in international dealings." Ali Akbar Salehi was addressing a joint news conference in Tehran with the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate, Miguel Arias Canete. According to the 2015 deal with major powers, Iran curbed its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions on the country. The sanctions were lifted in 2016. 

Canete, who arrived in Tehran late on Friday for a two-day visit, aims to reassure Iran that the 28-nation EU wants to keep trade open despite the US withdrawal from the pact, announced by Trump on May 8th. "We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the agreement the Europeans will... fulfil their commitment," Canete said. "We will try to intensify our flows of trade that have been very positive for the Iranian economy." The EU has been in the past the biggest importer of Iranian oil.


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