Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Trump Warns Iran "Sanctions Will Soon Be Increased, Substantially"

Spokesperson for Iran's atomic agency Behrouz Kamalvandi attends a press briefing in Tehran Spokesperson for Iran's atomic agency Behrouz Kamalvandi attends a press briefing in Tehran
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2019, 22:29

"As a result, the United States policy on the economic clampdown of Iran negatively affects the IAEA inspections in Iran", Ulyanov said.

"We call on Iran to reverse its recent nuclear steps and cease any plans for further advancements in the future".

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation was hampered by the USA policies and its eventual withdrawal from the deal.

Diplomats from several countries on the IAEA board said that despite likely fiery US-Iranian exchanges at the meeting, the board was not expected to take any concrete action.

"Iran has always been secretly 'enriching, ' in total violation of the awful 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration", Trump said on Twitter.

He later told reporters that if the US was serious about wanting to negotiate with Iran, it should drop all sanctions.

"There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear program, and there is no way to read this as anything other than a crude and transparent attempt to extort payments from the worldwide community", the USA statement to an emergency global Atomic Energy Agency board meeting said. At the meeting of the 35-nation board of governors, Washington told other world powers not to give in to Tehran's "nuclear extortion". This is low-enriched uranium, which has nothing to do with nuclear weapons. Instead, they said all parties to the deal should meet urgently.

But after the U.S. withdrew in May 2018 and reimposed stinging sanctions on Iran, especially on its banking and oil sectors, the future of the accord became uncertain.

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The United States made a huge mistake by exiting a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, the spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said in a televised speech.

France, Britain and Germany, who remain a part of the nuclear accord along with Russian Federation and China, said they planned to convene a meeting of the signatories amid "deep concern that Iran is not meeting several of its commitments".

Iran's president said on Wednesday that Britain will face "repercussions" over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week that authorities in Gibraltar suspect was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. The next day, its atomic energy agency announced that it was enriching uranium to 4.5 percent.

The official IRNA news agency quotes Ali Shamkhani, a senior security official, as telling a French envoy Wednesday that the decision to increase enrichment is an "unchangeable strategy".

The Trump administration killed the JCPOA in May 2018 and has imposed the toughest ever sanctions on Iran.

The other parties in the deal - Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and the European Union - have called for Iran to stick to its commitments.

"Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a key ally of Assad, said that the United Kingdom was "an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions".