Iran intends to restart activities at Arak heavy water nuclear reactor

Posted August 01, 2019

"Europeans were unhappy with Iran's reducing commitments to the JCPOA; and Iran criticized them for their inaction, as well as following the US lead like arrest of some Iranian citizens and extraditing them to the the behest of Washington", he said.

"Countries party to the JCPOA must not create any obstacles in the way of Iran exporting its oil", he added.

The remaining Iran nuclear deal signatories reaffirmed their commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and criticized the United States for its unilateral sanctions during a meeting here on Sunday, according to a Chinese delegate.

"We witnessed the seizure of an oil tanker carrying Iranian oil in the Strait of Gibraltar which in our view is a violation of [the nuclear deal]", Araqchi said.

The meeting on Sunday of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal's formal name, will be chaired by the European Union foreign policy service's Secretary General Helga Schmid.

Both Cong and Iranian negotiator Araqchi said there was an agreement to arrange a higher-level meeting involving foreign ministers soon. The sanctions have hurt ordinary Iranians, sending prices for everything from staples and consumer goods to housing skyward, while raising the spectre of war with the United States. After withdrawing from the JCPOA, the United States has embarked on a "maximum pressure" campaign that includes economic sanctions aimed at restricting trade with Iran by U.S. firms and by companies of other signatories to the JCPOA. The sides discussed possible ways to save the nuclear deal with Iran, which exceeded the quota of the enriched uranium. The Donald Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran after its withdrawal from the JCPOA. "First, all sides have expressed their commitment to safeguard the JCPOA and to continue to implement the JCPOA in an objective manner, and a balanced manner".

Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. aircraft in June, after which Trump announced that he had called off retaliatory airstrikes at the last minute because the resulting death toll would have been too high.

NEWS ANALYSIS / The involvement of a British tanker in the latest military incident with Iran in the crucial oil shipment choke point has pulled Europe into the fray.

"We heard that they intend to send a European fleet to the Persian Gulf, which naturally carries a hostile message, is provocative and will increase tensions", said government spokesman Ali Rabiei. More to it, it promised to keep on reducing its commitment every 60 days if other participants in the deal were not committed to the deal.

The royal navy destroyer HMS Duncan arrived in the Gulf yesterday to help the frigate HMS Montrose protect merchant shipping.