Iranian, German Diplomats Discuss Ways to Save Nuclear Deal

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Jens Plotner, the policy director of Germany's Foreign Ministry, exchanged views about ways to save the 2015 nuclear deal after the European Union’s failure to meet its obligations under the deal.

In the meeting held in Tehran on Thursday, Araqchi and Plotner held talks about the latest developments surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and Germany’s efforts to save the deal.

Emphasizing that Iran has run out of patience, Araqchi urged the remaining parties to the JCPOA after the US withdrawal to fulfill their commitments in accordance with the four statements of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA.

The German diplomat, for his part, emphasized that his country is determined to adhere to the JCPOA and said the European countries will continue their efforts and consultations to meet Iran’s demands and save the JCPOA.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) issued a statement on May 8, saying Iran is no longer fulfilling some of its obligations under the JCPOA, and setting a two-month deadline for the remaining parties to fulfill their undertakings.

Speaking at a cabinet session on the same day, President Hassan Rouhani said the five remaining parties to the JCPOA -Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany- have been informed of Tehran’s decision to refuse to continue honoring two commitments under the deal.

He said Iran stops selling any enriched uranium above the 300-kg limit in exchange for yellow cake and also stops selling its heavy water above the limit of 130 tons.

The president also announced that the JCPOA parties will have 60 days to come to the negotiating table and fulfill Iran’s main interests under the nuclear deal, especially regarding oil sales and banking interaction.

If Iran does not achieve the desired results after 60 days, it will take two more measures and stop observing the limit on uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent purity, he added.

The president said Iran will also make a new decision about its Arak heavy water reactor –which was planned to be renovated with the participation of the JCPOA parties- after the 60-day deadline.

Rouhani also threatened that Iran will take a “decisive measure” if the JCPOA parties would intend to send Iran’s nuclear case to the UN Security Council.

Iran’s announcement comes a year after US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the agreement, which was signed in 2015.

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