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United Kingdom, France and Germany condemn restriction to nuclear inspections in Iran

Iran has limited nuclear inspections, but says cooperation with atomic energy agency continues Image: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP / Illustrative image

London, 23 Feb 2021 (AFP) – The United Kingdom, France and Germany “deeply regret” the “dangerous” restriction on inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on nuclear activities in Iran, according to a statement set released this Tuesday (23).

Iran adopted these limitations on Tuesday after Tehran’s deadline to lift all US sanctions has expired.

“We, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, deeply regret that Iran has started (…) to suspend the additional protocol and transparency measures” of the Iranian nuclear agreement, they denounced, observing “the dangerous nature “from Iran’s decision”.

“We call on Iran to stop and reverse all measures that reduce transparency and to fully cooperate with the IAEA,” continued the heads of diplomacy in these three countries, co-signatories of the 2015 agreement with the United States – which left it in 2018 -, Russia and China.

They also stressed that “the objective remains to preserve the agreement and to support diplomatic efforts in search of a negotiated solution, which will allow Iran and the United States to return to full respect for the commitments made”.

After the unilateral withdrawal of the Vienna agreement by the US government from Donald Trump and the restoration of its sanctions against Tehran – which stifled Iran’s economy – that country has progressively failed to fulfill its nuclear commitments.

The 2015 agreement between Tehran and the major powers aims to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing an atomic bomb, imposing strict limits on its nuclear program, which would remain exclusively civilian.

The international community, in return, has lifted all economic sanctions against Iran.

The new President of the United States, Joe Biden, has promised to endorse this agreement again, but on the condition that Tehran will honor its commitments as soon as possible, from which it began to distance itself in response to the sanctions signed by Trump.

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