Iran: France, Britain and Germany say Iran’s stance on IAEA probe jeopardizes nuclear talks

France, Britain and Germany expressed frustration on Saturday at Iran’s demand in talks to relaunch its 2015 nuclear deal that the UN’s nuclear watchdog shut down a probe into the particles of uranium found at three sites, adding that this jeopardized the talks.

Iran earlier this month sent its latest response to the European Union’s proposed text to revive the deal under which Tehran curtailed its nuclear program in return for relief from US, EU and UN economic sanctions. .

Diplomats say Iran’s response to the EU coordinator was a step backwards, seeking to link the relaunch of the deal to the closure of investigations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on traces of uranium.

“This latest request raises serious doubts about Iran’s intentions and commitment to a successful outcome of the JCPoA,” the three countries, known as E3, said in a statement, referring in the full name of the agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“Iran’s position contradicts its legally binding obligations and undermines the prospects of restoring the JCPoA.”

Then-US President Donald Trump scrapped the deal in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions, prompting Iran to start violating the deal’s nuclear restrictions and reigniting US, Arab and Israeli fears of search for an atomic bomb. Iran denies having nuclear ambitions.

The IAEA Board of Governors is meeting on Monday, three months after already passing a resolution urging Iran to give credible answers to the watchdog.

The IAEA said on Wednesday that Iran’s stockpile of uranium enriched up to 60%, close to weapons grade, had become sufficient, if further enriched, for a nuclear bomb and which Tehran had still not explained. the origin of uranium particles.

“Given Iran’s failure to get the deal on the table, we will consult with international partners on how best to deal with Iran’s continued nuclear escalation and lack of cooperation with the IAEA regarding its NPT (non-proliferation treaty) safeguards agreement,” they said. says E3.

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