TEHRAN (German News Agency) – Germany, France and the UK have again called on Iran to accept the latest nuclear deal. “We, the governments of Germany, France and the United Kingdom, together with other participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and the United States, have been negotiating with Iran in good faith since April 2021 and fully implementing the JCPoA,” it said in a joint statement by the three states on Saturday.
“In early August, after a year and a half of negotiations, the JCPoA coordinator delivered a final text package that would allow Iran to restore its obligations under the JCPoA and allow the United States to return to the deal. In this final package, the coordinator made additional changes that pushed us to the limits of our flexibility.” Unfortunately, Iran decided not to use this “important diplomatic opportunity”. “On the contrary, Iran continues to increase its nuclear program beyond what can be justified on civilian grounds. As an agreement nears, Iran is legally bound under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a post-NPT agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “reopened separate issues relating to binding obligations. Safeguard measures,” the three states complain.
This latest call raises “serious doubts” about Iran’s intentions and commitment to a successful JCPoA outcome. “Iran’s position does not comply with its legal obligations and undermines its prospects for restoring the JCPoA.” In June, the IAEA Board of Governors passed a “majority” resolution calling for Iran to take urgent action to respond. Top questions from the IAEA. “Three months later, Iran has not taken any action, as confirmed in the latest report by the IAEA Director General. Our position is clear and unchanging. The states demanded that Iran “cooperate in good faith fully and without delay” with the IAEA.
Iran is responsible for providing “technically credible answers” to IAEA questions about the whereabouts of all nuclear material within Iran’s territory. “Under no circumstances should the JCPOA be used to absolve Iran of its legal obligations that are central to the global non-proliferation regime. How best to deal with Iran’s nuclear proliferation and reluctance to cooperate with the IAEA on its NPT safeguards agreement with Iran’s failure to complete the deal on the table?” We will consult with our international partners.
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