Moscow: Remaining JCPOA Signatories to Help Iran Sell Excess Heavy Water, Enriched Uranium: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年06月29日

Moscow: Remaining JCPOA Signatories to Help Iran Sell Excess Heavy Water, Enriched Uranium

Moscow: Remaining JCPOA Signatories to Help Iran Sell Excess Heavy Water, Enriched Uranium
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian foreign ministry announced that the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal have agreed to help Iran bypass the US sanctions and export its heavy water and low enriched uranium.

"In the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the JCPOA’s nuclear aspects, experts from the member nations have been tasked to elaborate practical measures to make it possible for Iran to export low enriched uranium and heavy water in bypassing the US sanctions," the Russia Foreign Ministry said.

The statement added that the remaining signatories to the nuclear agreement - Britain, Germany, France, Russian, China - had stressed the need to support Iran's nuclear activities as part of upholding the JCPOA, specifically in matters related to the production and export of Iran's low enriched uranium and heavy water.

The statement came after the remaining signatories to the nuclear agreement met in Vienna on Friday at a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in a last-ditch effort to save the nuclear agreement.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran was committed to export its stockpiles of low enriched uranium exceeding 300 kilograms and heavy water exceeding 130 tons in order to stay within limits agreed to under the JCPOA.

However, almost a year after President Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA, the US sanctioned Iran's low enriched uranium and heavy water exports.

Iran responded shortly after by suspending its commitments to agreed heavy water and enriched uranium limits, urging remaining signatories to take practical steps to protect the deal, including Iran's right to export the nuclear-related material.

After the Friday's JCPOA joint commission meeting, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi described the event as "a step forward" but explained that the progress was still not "meeting Iran’s expectations".

He said that the Europeans had confirmed that the planned INSTEX trade mechanism is now “operational” and that first transactions are already processed, but added that it was still insufficient because European countries were not buying Iranian oil.

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