Iran re­jects amend­ment to JCPOA

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Iran on Wed­nes­day ruled out again the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing any change to the 2015 nu­clear deal it has signed with six world pow­ers.

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Seyyed Ab­bas Araqchi said Iran will nei­ther rene­go­ti­ate the land­mark agree­ment nor ac­cept any amend­ment to it.

“Our stance is clear. The JCPOA must be im­ple­mented with­out a word dropped or added and that there is no pos­si­bil­ity for rene­go­ti­a­tion,” Araqchi said be­fore meet­ing his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Sergey Ryabkov in Tehran, us­ing the agree­ment’s tech­ni­cal ti­tle.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Jan­uary 12 re­luc­tantly agreed to waive sanc­tions against Iran that were lifted as part of the JCPOA, but said it would be the last time he is­sued such a waiver un­less his con­di­tions were met.

Trump once again threat­ened to with­draw from the nu­clear deal if some “dis­as­trous flaws” were not fixed, say­ing that he wanted Amer­ica’s Euro­pean al­lies to use the 120-day pe­riod be­fore sanc­tions re­lief again comes up for re­newal to agree to tougher mea­sures and new con­di­tions; oth­er­wise Wash­ing­ton would pull out of the deal.

Araqchi, who was a key mem­ber of Iran’s ne­go­ti­at­ing team in the course of nu­clear talks, said Iran has ramped up its diplo­matic ef­forts as it has been dis­cussing the is­sue with Rus­sia, China and the Euro­pean Union in a bid to save the agree­ment.

The di­plo­mat urged all par­ties to the deal, the US, Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia and China, to re­main com­mit­ted to the JCPOA, warn­ing that vi­o­la­tion of the in­ter­na­tional agree­ment would have con­se­quences.


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