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Iran's Latest Measures Put US Return Into JCPOA at Risk, German Foreign Minister Says

© AP Photo / Atomic Energy Organization of IranCentrifuge machines in Natanz uranium enrichment facility
Centrifuge machines in Natanz uranium enrichment facility - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2021
Earlier this week, the US urged Iran to reverse the decision to limit inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran's latest measures threaten Washington’s return to the nuclear deal, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday.

"The more pressure is applied, the more difficult it gets to find a political solution...Talks are being significantly complicated at the moment because Iran obviously does not seek de-escalation but escalation - and this is playing with fire," Maas said, as quoted by Reuters.

This comes after Tehran reaffirmed its intention earlier this week to limit the implementation of the Additional Protocol during inspections of its nuclear sites from 21 February if the European countries do not resolve the issue of US economic sanctions.

Washington has urged Tehran to reconsider its decision.

A picture taken on November 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility. - Bushehr is Iran's only nuclear power station and is currently running on imported fuel from Russia that is closely monitored by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.02.2021
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"Iran should reverse these steps and refrain from taking others that would impact the IAEA assurances, on which… the entire world relies,” US Department of State spokesperson Ned Price said.

Earlier this month, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Biden administration should lift sanctions and return to the nuclear deal if they really want to discontinue the policies of former US President Trump.

The US unilaterally quit the JCPOA in 2018 and imposed sanctions against Tehran, prompting the latter to announce that it will gradually abandon its obligations under the deal, first of all, those regarding levels of uranium enrichment. 

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