(Persia Digest) – With the expiry of the 60-day deadline given to the EU to comply with its commitments in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, Iran will begin uranium enrichment above the 3.67 percent limit from today.

Political Deputy of the Foreign Ministry, Abbas Araghchi, said: “Today, we have reached the 60-day deadline in the first stage of rolling back our JCPOA commitments. As our interests and requirements have not been met under the deal, we will now proceed to the next stage.”

At a joint press conference with the government and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokespersons, he announced: “A letter will be sent from Mr Zarif to Ms Mogherini today informing the signatories that Iran will no longer comply with the enrichment levels in the JCPOA.”

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He stressed that Iran’s gradual exit from the JCPOA is in fact in line with its salvage, adding: “This may lead to Iran exiting the deal which, of course, is not our wish. But US sanctions and non-compliance by the other signatories has brought us to this point.”

Araghchi continued: “We wish to uphold the JCPOA deal. But our interests must be met in this accord. If not, we must review our commitments.”

Referring to the US request for a meeting by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, he reiterated: “The EU, Russia, and China have turned down this request and the US is also isolated in this regard.”

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Araghchi assessed Macron’s telephone conversation with Rouhani last night as constructive, underlining: “Agreement has been reached for a new round of talks by both parties. We hope this will lead to a constructive, logical solution.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that following the unilateral withdrawal by the US from the Iran nuclear deal with big powers on 8 May 2018, Iran gave the other signatories more than one year to compensate for the detrimental US sanctions reimposed on the country. But faced with their passivity, Iran decided to reduce its commitments under the accord.

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