(Persia Digest) – Responding to new claims by the French Ambassador to Washington regarding uranium enrichment in Iran under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, the Iranian Foreign Minister reminded European countries: “No limitations were set for uranium enrichment in Iran.”
FM Javad Zarif tweeted to his European counterparts: “Reminder to our E3 partners in #JCPOA: There is NO prohibition on the enrichment of uranium by Iran under #NPT, JCPOA or UNSCR 2231. Neither now, nor in 2025 or beyond. Might be useful for European partners to actually read the document they signed on to, and pledged to defend.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that the French Ambassador to the US had earlier tweeted: “Russia is providing enriched uranium to the Busheer nuclear power plant. So there won’t be any conceivable reason for Iran to massively enriching uranium after the JCPOA.” He continues: “As we said in 2002 that enriching uranium without a credible civilian program was illegal under the NPT, we’ll be able to react likewise in 2025 if necessary. Sanctions were imposed. Sanctions could be reimposed. There is no “sunset” after the JCPOA. It’s false to say that at the expiration of the JCPOA, Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium. Under the NPT and its additional protocol, it will have to prove, under strict monitoring, that its nuclear activities are civilian.”
Assistant to the Iranian FM, Abbas Araghchi also responded to Araud by tweeting: “If tweets by Gerard Araud represent French position, we’re facing a major violation of the object and purpose of the JCPOA and UNSCR 2231. Needs immediate clarification by Paris, or we act accordingly.”
The Foreign Ministry also summoned the newly posted French Ambassador to Tehran, demanding that France comment on Araud’s remarks.
These measures prompted the French Ambassador to the US to back down and delete his tweets on the JCPOA.
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