EU not going to renegotiate JCPOA terms: US source

Tasnim – A diplomatic source in Washington said the European Union has no plans to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers despite calls from the Trump administration.

“This is not a European position,” the source told RIA Novosti when asked about the ongoing US efforts to “fix” the deal by renegotiating it with UK, Germany and France.

Britain, France and Germany are reportedly trying to create a successor deal to the nuclear agreement in an attempt to appease US President Donald Trump by making permanent the restrictions on Tehran’s ability to produce nuclear fuel.

They believe that rewriting the terms of the JCPOA would break the deal they struck, not only with Iran but also with Russia and China, two other signatories. And breaching the deal, they say, would free Iran to “pursue nuclear weapons again.”

Trump in January set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies to fix his predecessor Barack Obama’s main foreign policy achievement or face a US exit.

Iran has vehemently rejected the possibility of renegotiation, warning that any hostile action against the accord will jeopardize regional and global peace and security.

Since the historic deal was signed by Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) in Vienna in July 2015, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.