Iran has announced not to comply with the terms of the 2015 World Nuclear Treaty as the first major step after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force in the US invasion.
Iran’s decision has raised global concern despite continued insistence by Germany, France and Britain to uphold the historic World Nuclear Deal.
European leaders are doing their utmost to reduce tensions, but Iranian officials say they are considering more stringent measures.
According to Iranian state TV, a statement issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government says that Iran’s nuclear program will continue to move according to its technology needs.
According to this statement, limitations on uranium enrichment capacity, quantity, enriched uranium reserves, research and production will no longer be adhered to.
The statement, however, said that cooperation with the United Nations Oversight Agency, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), would be continued and Iran would be ready to return to its promises of a nuclear deal if sanctions were lifted.
It is noteworthy that 6 countries, including Germany, signed an agreement in 2015 to limit Iran’s nuclear activities. However, US President Donald Trump unilaterally separated the United States from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, which threatened to end the nuclear deal.
An Iranian government spokesman says Iran could withdraw its decision if the US lifts existing sanctions.
Meanwhile, following a resolution passed in the Iraqi parliament regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq, US President Trump has warned that strict sanctions will be imposed on Baghdad if US troops are asked to leave Iraq.