Iran steps back from nuclear deal commitments
Iran has announced that it will no longer comply with any of the restrictions imposed by the nuclear deal of 2015.
In a statement, he said he would no longer observe limits on his enrichment ability, enrichment level, enriched material stock, or research and development.
A meeting of the Iranian cabinet in Tehran followed the announcement.
Tensions were high over the killing in Baghdad of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the US. Baghdad’s reports say the U.S. embassy compound was attacked in a Sunday night attack.
A source said four rounds of “indirect fire” took off in the direction of the embassy. There have been no deaths of any casualties, however.
Hundreds of thousands turned out to welcome Soleimani a hero before his funeral on Tuesday in Iran on Sunday.
Iraqi MPs had earlier passed a non-binding resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country after Friday’s assassination of the general in a drone strike at Baghdad airport.
About 5,000 US soldiers are in Iraq as part of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group. The coalition paused operations against IS in Iraq just before Sunday’s vote.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened that in the event of a retaliation for the death of Soleimani, the US would strike Iran back and said it could do so “maybe in a disproportionate way.”
Under the 2015 agreement, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and, in return for lifting crippling economic sanctions, allow international inspectors.
In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump left it, saying he wanted to compel Iran to negotiate a new deal that would impose permanent curbs on its nuclear program and also suspend its ballistic missile production.
Iran refused, and had slowly abandoned its undertakings under the deal since then. Until news of Soleimani’s death, it was expected to announce its current position on the agreement this weekend.
On Sunday, Iranian state media announced that the country would no longer respect any of the limits set by the 2015 deal.
“Iran will continue its nuclear enrichment with no limitations and based on its technical needs,” a statement said.
The statement did not, however, say Iran was actively withdrawing from the deal and stressed that the country would continue to work with the IAEA, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations.
Iran, it said, was willing to return to its obligations once it had achieved the agreement’s benefits. Correspondents say this is a nod to their inability to sell oil under U.S. sanctions and have access to their revenue.