Ir á n says it will give up the “third phase” of its nuclear program if Europe meets its commitments

MADRID, 1 Sep. –

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran could give up the “third phase” of its nuclear program's progress if Europe sets in motion the economic incentives provided for in the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (PIAC) ) of 2015.

“Iran will continue to negotiate with the Europeans … If the Europeans do not take the necessary measures before Thursday, we will write a letter announcing the launch of the third phase,” Zarif explained in a press conference gathered by the Iranian public television Press TV.

Ir á n says it will give up the “third phase” of its nuclear program if Europe meets its commitments
Ir á n says it will give up the “third phase” of its nuclear program if Europe meets its commitments

Zarif has stressed that “Iran has never left the negotiating table and has always announced its readiness to comply with the PIAC.” “If Europeans fulfill their obligations, Iran will also fulfill its obligations again,” he explained.

Iran set a 60-day deadline that was fulfilled on July 7 and after which it announced a “second phase” of breaking with the PIAC's commitments to the declarations and intentions expressed by the European countries signing the pact, which finally is not they materialized.

Specifically, Germany, France and the United Kingdom should assume the part of economic incentives that the United States has stopped providing in exchange for the controls and limitations imposed on Tehran in the 2015 agreement.

The first phase involved exceeding 300 kilograms of enriched uranium fixed in the agreement and the second, exceeding 3.76 percent enrichment of the fissile material also marked by the PIAC.

The PIAC reached in July 2015 between Iran and the one known as the 5 + 1 Group – integrated by the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany – stipulated a series of restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for which the Islamic Republic would reintegrate into international markets thanks to the lifting of the sanctions that weighed on it at that time.

However, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, decided a year ago to unilaterally dissociate himself from the agreement and reimpose again the disqualifications suspended by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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