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EU “extremely concerned” about Iran decision

The European Union is “extremely concerned” about Iran’s announcement on stepping out of nuclear deal (JCPOA), and starting to enrich uranium above internationally-approved levels. The bloc calls on Islamic Republic to “stop and reverse” any action that goes against the nuclear deal, the European Commission spokesperson said on July 8.

EU reacts to Iran JCPOA ultimatum

The EU top  diplomat Federica Mogherini reiterated the EU support for Iran nuclear deal, underlining the necessity of preserving it. Previously the EU diplomats went on mission to Tehran to discuss the current EU efforts, together with other European partners, to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the launching of the special purpose vehicle “INSTEX“.

Behrooz Kamalvandi, the spokesman of Iran‘s Atomic Energy Organization announced Tehran would increase low-enriched uranium stockpile by fourfold in 10 days, exceeding the 300 km limit set by the #JCPOA. The EU has very little time to save the historic deal, however as soon as the Europeans fulfill their commitments, Tehran would stick to the agreed uranium production limit, the spokesperson added.

EU Ambassadors summoned in Tehran

Tehran has summoned the envoys of three EU member-states accusing them of harboring radical groups, after an attack at a military parade in the city of Ahvaz resulting in deaths and injures of military and  guests.
The UK, The Netherlands and Denmark diplomats were invited shortly after attack to Foreign Ministry.

“It is not acceptable that these groups are not listed as terrorist organizations by the European Union as long as they have not carried out a terrorist attack in Europe,” Bahram Qasemi, Foreign Ministry spokesman, said, as cited by IRNA news agency.
Up to 25 were people killed and more than 60 others injured as gunmen fired indiscriminately at the crowd during a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

The attack has been claimed by the ‘Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz’ separatist group, which Tehran says is supported by Saudi Arabia.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the country held “regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attack[s.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei later also linked the Ahvaz shooting to the US allies in the region.

Iran protests against expel of diplomats from Netherlands

Tehran summoned Dutch ambassador in relation to Islamic Republic protested at the deportation of two Iranian diplomats from the Netherlands, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by IRNA news.

A European government official and a Western intelligence source indicated that the expulsions of two Iranian embassy staff occurred up to two months ago.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi  said the deportation of Iranian diplomats was “unfriendly and unconstructive” and said Iran has the right to take reciprocal measures.

“Instead of expelling Iranian diplomats, the Dutch government should explain why it has harbored members of a terrorist organization,” Qasemi said, mentioning the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran. That group is linked to the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran – a bloc of opposition groups in exile that seek an end clerical rule in Iran. The group, also known by its Persian name Mujahideen-e-Khalq, was once listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union but is not any more.

EU sees “no alternative” to Iranian deal

“We have listened attentively to today’s speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressed not only to the audiences in Iran, but also to all those in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)” – says EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini in her response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speech on application the unprecedented sanctions on Iran.

“The Iran Nuclear Deal and continuing support for it are major achievements of international diplomacy, ensuring that Iran’s nuclear capacities remain exclusively for peaceful purposes.” – Mogherini continues.

“The IAEA has confirmed already 10 times that Iran implemented and continues to implement all its nuclear related commitments, and has inter alia stated that it was granted all the access requests needed to fulfil its mandate.”

“The JCPOA is the result of more than a decade of complex and delicate negotiations, based on dual track approach and therefore the best possible outcome, striking the right balance.”

The European Union is and will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the JCPOA as long as Iran abides by all its nuclear-related commitments, as it is doing so far.”

“This deal belongs to the international community, having been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. The international community expects all sides to keep the commitments they made more than two years ago.”

“The normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran constitutes an essential part of the agreement, which should be upheld by the international community.”

“The JCPOA was never designed to address all issues in the relationship with Iran. Concerns regarding Iran’s regional role, terrorism and non-respect for human rights are regularly raised by the EU with Tehran and indeed the EU has in place sanctions seeking to pressure Iran to change its behaviour.”

“Secretary Pompeo’s speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran’s conduct in areas outside the scope of JCPOA. There is no alternative to the JCPOA.”

Zarif considers EU political support insufficient

Iranian Foreign minister Javad Zarif said to the EU energy chief Miguel Arias Canete that the bloc must take “practical steps” to strengthen economic ties with Tehran after Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, underlining that “political support” was not enough.

“With the withdrawal of America, [Iran’s] public expectations of the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal’s gains, and in the current context, the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Zarif said during the meeting with Miguel Arias Canete, the EU’s energy Commissioner, in Tehran on Sunday (20/05/2018), the IRNA news agency reports.

 

Iran to launch new missile line

Tehran announced the launch of a new missile production line, according to state media, amid tension between the United States and Iran.

The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 miles) and travel up to 120 km (74 miles), Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan said. (Photo; illustration).

The missile is able to target fighter planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and helicopters, according to the minister.

Recently the United States applied  new economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, and blamed to Tehran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East undermine any “positive contributions” coming from a 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

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