Europe and the UK Prepare to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal
European states, along with the United Kingdom, are resisting the lifting of sanctions on Iran's missile program. They are prepared to announce their plans to violate the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, confirming that they will not remove sanctions on Tehran's nuclear missiles.
This information has been reported by BNN.
According to the agreement, the sanctions were supposed to be lifted in October of this year. However, this step marks the first instance in history where participating countries will violate the terms of the deal.
Previously, former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018. However, Germany, France, and the UK decided to remain in the deal despite Iran's violations.
After the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iran significantly exceeded the agreed limits on the quality and quantity of enriched uranium production. Now, Iran is closer than ever to producing weapon-grade uranium, intensifying concerns within the international community.
The decision of European states and the UK to violate the agreement further escalates this risk. It remains unclear how Iran will react, although it is already on the verge of producing weapon-grade enriched uranium.
European Union diplomats and British officials explain that this decision is in response to Iran's own violation of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). For instance, the sale of military drones by Russia for use during the invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, concerns have been raised about the potential future transfer of ballistic missiles from Iran to Russia.
Recall that the 2015 nuclear agreement involved the lifting of certain sanctions against Iran by Western countries. However, mass violations of the agreement were not foreseen at the time of its signing.
The sanctions "called upon" Iran not to engage in any activities related to the development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. They also prohibited anyone from buying from or selling to Iran or transferring unmanned aerial vehicles and their components that are capable of flying beyond 300 km without prior permission from the UN Security Council.
Currently, Iran's uranium enrichment stands at 60%, which is 15 times higher than the agreed limit of 3.67%.
The EU sanctions under the agreement will expire in October. Negotiations between the US and Iran, including restrictions on uranium enrichment, the release of frozen assets, and the resolution of the fate of American prisoners held in Iran, are ongoing but have not yielded results.