France, Germany & UK cite Iran for violating nuclear deal, trigger ‘non-commitment’ mechanism possible "Snapback" of Sanctions

France, Germany & UK cite Iran for violating nuclear deal,  trigger ‘non-commitment’ mechanism possible "Snapback" of Sanctions
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The European trio triggered the investigation into Tehran's alleged breaching of the 2015 nuclear deal after Iran lifted limits on enrichment capacity over increased tensions with the US. This is gravely serious and could result in worldwide "snapback" of Sanctions which would literally smash Iran's economy into ruin.

Iran rolled back its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) following the death of its most influential military leader, Qassem Soleimani, in an American drone strike. Now, a fresh joint statement by Paris, Berlin and London insists it had “no legal grounds to cease implementing the provisions of the agreement.”

We have therefore been left with no choice, given Iran’s actions, but to register today our concerns that Iran is not meeting its commitments under the JCPoA and to refer this matter to the Joint Commission under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism.

Activating the mechanism – which is only possible if one or more signatories suspect a non-compliance with the deal – could eventually lead to the UN Security Council deciding whether to bring back sanctions against Iran.

 

 

Earlier in January, Iran announced that the level of uranium enrichment to be determined by its own “technical needs.” However, both Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that international inspectors are continuing their verification activities under the nuclear deal.

Following the decision, Iran’s UN envoy said in an interview that Tehran had meticulously followed the provisions of the nuclear deal even, though it had received “almost nothing in return,”. He added that the European parties to the JCPOA (from which Tehran expected to receive benefits) “didn’t act in accordance with the deal.”

Now, France, Germany and the UK made it clear that they “are not joining a campaign to implement maximum pressure against Iran,” disavowing potential suspicions of siding with Washington.

Our hope is to bring Iran back into full compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA.

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said triggering the mechanism isn’t about re-imposing sanctions. Its aim is “to resolve issues relating to the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement,” he was quoted by Reuters.

Iran has previously warned against triggering the mechanism, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi insisting that by scaling back nuclear commitments Iran executed “its legal rights to react to America's illegal and unilateral exit of the deal.”

The nuclear deal, brokered by six major world powers, saw Iran concede to dramatically reduce uranium enrichment and allow international inspections in return for the lifting of sweeping economic sanctions.

It ended up in jeopardy in 2018, when US President Donald Trump withdrew from what he called the “worst deal ever” and reinstated crippling penalties targeting Iran’s oil industry, banking sector and international trade.

 

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    Ronald Cordova · 13 days ago
    No explanation needed.
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      Paul Lambert · 11 days ago
      Right, there is no explanation needed. I get it. It is abundantly apparent that the maker of that drawing completely misunderstands the political dynamics of the world. A for effort, but F for results.
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    Ronald Cordova · 13 days ago
    Of course those 3 EU Nations are siding with the US. They had the ball in their court for over 18 months to help reduce the sanctions on Iran and they did nothing. When Trump walked away for the agreement, it was up to the other Nations to keep the agreement in tact in exchange for releasing sanctions. Those 3 Nations sat on their butts. Iran can do anything it wants. Better still, Have India or Pakistan or Russia or China give Iran the bomb and the USA will leave Iran alone.
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    Thomas N. Kuss II · 13 days ago
    "High School and College claim Americans are White Racist." What's Scary is the Stupidity Demonstrated by those in Charge of Higher Education... "A Bunch of Idiots disrupting Our Children!" You would discover with serious research Racism is a Ploy, created and designed, by Russian Intelligence to wreck havoc amongst American Society. They (Russians) have achieved their Goals well beyond their Wildest Dreams... Their (Russians) main focal point of Operations is through the Democratic Party, whom are "Complete Fools bordering on Insanity."
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    Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
    So Britain, France, and Germany are doing something sensible for a change? Now THAT is scary! [SARCASM DEFINITELY INTENDED]
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    Copperhead · 13 days ago
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember the Uranium enrichment reduction was purely voluntary by Iran, and not part of their requirements to maintain compliance.
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      Grim · 13 days ago
      The formal agreement was about both the amount of enriched uranium produced, as well as the level to which the material could be enriched. For example, uranium enriched to 3-5% is used in commercial reactors for power production. However, uranium enriched to 20%, is suitable for use in research reactors and uranium enriched to 90%+ is considered *weapons grade.* The agreement also stated that any material produced would be limited to 3.67% enrichment and only be stockpiled in an amount not to exceed 660lbs.
      The agreement also limited the equipment used for production to no more than 5,060 of Iran's oldest and least efficient enrichment centrifuges. Finally, the agreement also addressed other ancillary items such as heavy water production, reactor design and location etc.. This is mainly to prevent the operation of any heavy water reactors, which produce weapons grade Plutonium as one byproduct in their spent fuel.
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        Copperhead · 13 days ago
        Thank you for the clarification. With the US reinstating sanctions on Iran without cause, I believe they broke the non-binding, good-faith, JCPOA and Iran went back to doing what they do. I think this is where my confusion came in that it was optional on their part to (continue) abiding by the agreement.
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          Grim · 13 days ago
          I try to look at what's actually and verifiably occurring, rather than what any lying, corrupt government says is happening, because it helps keep the political insanity from corrupting my attempts at rational thought.
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            Copperhead · 13 days ago
            Validation can be difficult when many sources are scrubbed or outright deleted. Mandela Effect.
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    Grim · 13 days ago
    So, if Iran has violated the terms of the Fuhrer Obama nuclear deal, that means we get our billions of dollars back right?........Didn't think so. I guess, we'd have to just confiscate all the stuff they bought with it instead, like uranium enrichment equipment, ballistic missiles, chemical warheads, biological weapons, Pakistani nukes, etc.. Surely some of that stuff could be sold for cash on eBay?