Iranian leader announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

Iranian leader announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

Over the weekend, after the USA decision to clamp down on all Iranian oil exports and close some nuclear technology loopholes, the European Union, France, Germany, and Britain vowed to keep working to deliver some of the accord's promised economic benefits for Iran. Iran said Wednesday that it would stop complying with a pair of key provisions of the nuclear accord, setting up a showdown with Washington and the European countries that so far have been willing to toss Tehran a lifeline. "The ball is now in the court of the deal's remaining signatories to choose between challenging US unilateral sanctions [and] witnessing additional Iranian violations leading to eventual unraveling of the deal". "We are not leaving the [nuclear deal]".

"Bolton has gone into overdrive in recent weeks to spur Iranian retaliation to justify his reckless aggression".

This despite France's warning on Tuesday that even a partial pullout could lead to the reimposing of worldwide sanctions, Reuters reports.

Details of the letters, all to signers of the 2015 accord, will not be publicly disclosed, it said. "They would like Europe to see these latest actions by Iran as evidence of non-compliance [with the deal]".

He said Tehran does not want a war with any country, but if the USA organizes armed clashes with Iran, the country will defend its national interests "with all its strength".

And he said that if the other countries in the accord haven't figured out a way to shield Iran's oil and banking industries from US sanctions, Iran will begin enriching uranium to higher levels, ending a commitment made under the deal. The U.S. has about 5,200 troops in Iraq. But last week it said it would now end the waivers to reduce Iran's crude exports to zero. It also halted waivers allowing Iran to store excess heavy water in Oman and to swap enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russian Federation. "Special Purpose Vehicle is a very poor business decision", Morrison said.

Iran on Wednesday said it will walk away from the worldwide deal governing its development of nuclear materials and potentially nuclear weapons if it does not receive new terms for a new agreement within 60 days.

France's defence minister said she wanted to keep the nuclear deal alive and warned Iran it could face more sanctions if it did not honour its part of the deal.

Trump campaigned on a promise to tear up the deal struck by his predecessor, Barack Obama. The three European parties to the deal - Britain, France and Germany - tried to save the accord with a trade mechanism meant to bypass reimposed U.S. sanctions, but their attempt was dismissed by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a "bitter joke". Bolton blamed "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings", without elaborating.

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"Being aware of the United States policies, the Islamic Republic of Iran has faced the issue with strategic patience", a statement on Irna said. "This surgery is for saving the deal, not destroying it". It suggested in its Tuesday edition that Iran may install advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility and begin enrichment at its Fordo facility, activities prohibited under the nuclear deal.

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"They carry 70 combative aircraft".

Washington has also blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards force as a terrorist organization and Iran responded with threats to close the Gulf's strait of Hormuz if its ships were blocked there. The Kearsarge also carries AV-8B Harrier fighter jets, MH-60 helicopters and MV-22 Osprey airplanes.

Others are more hopeful.

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Europe has made efforts to salvage the agreement with the European Union creating a trade mechanism to bypass USA sanctions, despite the Trump administration warning it not to do so. Officials suggest they serve as a check on Iranian ambitions and help ensure that Islamic State fighters do not regroup.

The Israeli defense forces (IDF) are now in the highest alert along the borders with Lebanon and Syria.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly echoed the German foreign minister's words, saying that the European Union "absolutely [wants] to keep this agreement alive" in an interview with BFMTV, further adding that "nothing would be worse than Iran leaving this deal".