France, Germany and Britain considered that Iran’s suspension of the additional protocol to the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency represents a new violation of the nuclear deal.
The three countries said, in a joint statement issued on Tuesday, “We feel great regret that Iran has started, as of today, suspending the additional protocol and transparency measures within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (of the nuclear agreement).”
France, Germany and Britain stressed that Iran’s actions are a “new violation of its obligations” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and are significantly reducing monitoring guarantees by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“We urge Iran to stop and cancel all measures that reduce transparency and to ensure full and timely cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency,” she added.
France, Germany and Britain added that their goal is still to support the current diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated solution that would allow Iran and the United States to return to full compliance with the agreement.
Iran announced the start of the suspension of the additional protocol to the safeguards agreement within the nuclear deal, starting from February 23, as part of measures to respond to the US withdrawal from it and what Tehran considers a failure of the European parties to compensate for the country’s losses due to US sanctions.
Yesterday, Monday, the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ali Khamenei, announced that his country may raise the purity of uranium enrichment to 60%, stressing that no party has been able to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons if his country so desires, but he made it clear that it does not seek this goal.