All parties must stick to JCPOA: Germany

Tasnim – A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said all parties to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers must stick to the international agreement and preserve it.

“The ball is clearly in Iran’s court. We want to preserve the deal. For this, parties must stick to it,” the spokesman told a regular government news conference on Monday.

Asked at which point a red line would be crossed for the German government, the spokesman said, “Our objective is that Iran abides by the deal.”

He added that Tehran must reverse all steps that contradict the landmark accord.

Iran on Sunday declared the second step to reduce its commitments by ramping up the level of uranium enrichment to over 3.67 percent.

Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the nuclear deal.

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation was hampered by the US policies and its eventual withdrawal from the deal.

On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear accord.

Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the deal.

However, the EU’s failure of ensure Iran’s economic interests forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments, including an unlimited rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium recently exceeded 300 kg.