Iran ac­cuses Eu­ro­pean na­tions of hypocrisy over nu­clear deal

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Tehran, Iran - Iran ac­cused Eu­ro­pean na­tions of hypocrisy on Tues­day for crit­i­cis­ing its lat­est step back from a nu­clear deal while fail­ing to ful­fil their com­mit­ments of re­lief from US sanc­tions.

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani made no men­tion of a new re­port from the UN nu­clear agency that re­veals its in­spec­tors de­tected ura­nium par­ti­cles of man-made ori­gin at an un­de­clared site in Iran.

But Iran’s en­voy to the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) in Vi­enna said the UN watch­dog had been given ac­cess to the site ‘with the ut­most co­op­er­a­tion and clar­i­fi­ca­tion’.

‘Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Iran and the agency on this is­sue is still on­go­ing. There­fore, any at­tempt to pre­judge and present im­ma­ture as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion would be aimed at dis­tort­ing the facts for po­lit­i­cal gains’, Gharib Abadi said in a state­ment.

Bri­tain, France, Ger­many and the EU have been try­ing to sal­vage the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal since the US uni­lat­er­ally with­drew from it in May last year and be­gan reim­pos­ing sanc­tions.

A year after the US pull­out from the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran be­gan re­duc­ing its com­mit­ments to the deal hop­ing to win con­ces­sions from those still party to the ac­cord.

Iran’s lat­est mea­sure came last week, when en­gi­neers be­gan feed­ing ura­nium hex­aflu­o­ride gas into moth­balled en­rich­ment cen­trifuges at the un­der­ground For­dow plant south of Tehran.

On Mon­day Bri­tain, France, Ger­many and the Eu­ro­pean

Union said Iran’s de­ci­sion to restart ac­tiv­i­ties at For­dow was ‘in­con­sis­tent’ with a 2015 nu­clear deal.

“The E3/EU have fully up­held their JCPOA com­mit­ments, in­clud­ing sanc­tions-lift­ing as fore­seen un­der the JCPOA,” they said.

“It is now crit­i­cal that Iran up­holds its JCPOA com­mit­ments and works with all JCPOA par­tic­i­pants to de-es­ca­late ten­sions.”

Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif hit back on Tues­day.

‘’Fully up­held com­mit­ments un­der JCPOA’ YOU? Re­ally?’ he tweeted.

Zarif said Iran had al­ready ‘trig­gered and ex­hausted’ a dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nism in the trou­bled ac­cord.

Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Heiko Mass had on Mon­day threat­ened the use of ‘all the mech­a­nisms laid down in the agree­ment’ to make Iran com­ply with its obli­ga­tions un­der the JCPOA.

On Tues­day, Rouhani said Iran only be­gan scal­ing back its nu­clear com­mit­ments a year after the US with­drawal to give the other par­ties time to make up for it.

“We waited for a year,” Rouhani told a tele­vised news con­fer­ence.

“No­body in the world can blame us by say­ing ‘Why are you aban­don­ing your com­mit­ments un­der the JCPOA to­day and why have you launched For­dow to­day?’” he said.

“This is a prob­lem that the en­emy has cre­ated for us,” he said, re­fer­ring to Iran’s arch-foe the United States.

Iran’s ap­proach, he said, was to take ‘the path of re­sis­tance and per­se­ver­ance’ by re­duc­ing com­mit­ments un­der the JCPOA and en­gag­ing in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“We are ne­go­ti­at­ing with the world... they are giv­ing us pro­pos­als, we’re giv­ing them pro­pos­als. Up un­til to­day, I have not ac­cepted the pro­pos­als I’ve been given.”

Rouhani made no men­tion of the ura­nium par­ti­cles the IAEA said its in­spec­tors had de­tected at an un­de­clared site in Iran.

In a re­port on Mon­day, the watch­dog said its in­spec­tors had ‘de­tected nat­u­ral ura­nium par­ti­cles of an­thro­pogenic ori­gin at a lo­ca­tion in Iran not de­clared to the agency’.

The par­ti­cles are un­der­stood to be the prod­uct of ura­nium which has been mined and un­der­gone ini­tial pro­cess­ing, but not en­riched.

This is a prob­lem that the en­emy has cre­ated for us

Has­san Rouhani

(AFP)

Iran’s Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani at a meet­ing of the ad­min­is­tra­tive coun­cil of Ker­man prov­ince on Tues­day

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