On Monday, the United Kingdom, Germany and France issued a calling out statement Iran’s moves Regarding its nuclear program, it is “extremely worrying” – just as the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal, and the role of the United States in it, remains uncertain.
The three countries, founding participants in the 2015 agreement, remained supportive of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPoA) even after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018 and since Iran was in breach. Limits of its activity.
But these efforts faced another blow this month, when Iran announced it was expanding its enrichment and passed a law restricting monitoring by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.
The so-called E3 statement read: “Iran’s recent announcement to the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intention to install three additional sets of advanced centrifuges at the fuel enrichment plant in Natanz is inconsistent with the JCPOA and is of great concern.”
It described the restrictions imposed on the International Atomic Energy Agency as “inconsistent with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and Iran’s broader nuclear obligations.”
“If Iran is serious about preserving a space for diplomacy, it should not implement these steps,” the statement said. “Such a move would jeopardize our joint efforts to preserve the JCPoA and risk jeopardizing the important opportunity to return to diplomacy with the next US administration.
The reference to the incoming administration indicates a significant change in policy toward Iran that is likely to happen when President-elect Joe Biden He takes office in January.
Biden, as well as members of his incoming administration, called on the United States to re-enter the deal. This will likely be accompanied by a relaxation of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy.
“We think it’s possible and achievable,” said Jake Sullivan, Biden’s selection of the national security advisor, at a news conference. Wall Street Journal The event is on Monday.
Iran claimed that it would follow the JCPOA if the United States actually re-entered.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif recently said, “The United States must fulfill without preconditions its obligations under the JCPOA.” Watchman. “It has to show its goodwill, it has to prove its good intentions, and then Iran will return to full compliance with the JCPOA.”
The E3 statement said they welcomed Biden’s comments on the JCPOA and “the diplomatic track to address broader concerns with Iran.”