Iran is enriching more uranium a day now than before the country signed a nuclear deal with the world’s major powers, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.
Rouhani also said the country’s nuclear industry is doing better today during his speech to the 59th General Assembly of the Iranian Central Bank in Tehran, which was broadcast live on Iranian public television.
“Our daily enrichment today is more than before the signing of the agreement (JCPOA),” said Rouhani, referring to the Joint Global Action Plan, the official name of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Rouhani n ‘provided no details on the amount of uranium enriched currently.
Signed by Iran and the United States, France, Russia, China and Germany – a group known as P5 + 1 – after two years of intense negotiations, the agreement aimed to limit the Iranian civilian nuclear program and to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in return for the alleviation of sanctions.
But the deal started to collapse when the U.S. moved away from it in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. Tehran has reacted in recent months by withdrawing from some of its commitments under the pact.
Earlier this week, the so-called E3 countries – Germany, France and the United Kingdom – launched a dispute settlement mechanism in the agreement, citing Iran’s violations of some of the limits of the agreement.
Rouhani accused the P5 + 1 countries on Thursday of withdrawing from the agreement and said Iran had acted on it.
“We did not sit down, when they (P5 + 1) reduced their commitment (to JCPOA), we also reduced our commitment,” said Rouhani.
“I would like to say that the current situation is not easy, but we are aware that global security, world politics and the world economy are closely linked,” he added.
Since the withdrawal of the agreement in 2018, the Trump administration has introduced a campaign of “maximum pressures” of severe sanctions, but the European Union has asked for the agreement to be kept.
EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi on Thursday to call for its preservation.
Zarif accused Germany, France and the UK of “selling” the Iran deal after the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration had threatened to cut tariffs on European countries s ‘They did not formally accuse Iran of violating the pact by invoking the dispute mechanism.
“E3 sold the remnants of #JCPOA to avoid new Trump fares,” Zarif tweeted Thursday with a screenshot of the article.
CNN has not confirmed that the Trump administration had made such threats, and the U.S. ambassador to Germany firmly rejected it. CNN requests a response from the UK, France and Germany to the complaints.
Despite invoking the dispute settlement mechanism in the agreement, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom said earlier this week that they remain committed to the pact.