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  • Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, Teran, Iran, 2020.

    Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, Teran, Iran, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @MehdiRizvi123

Published 30 May 2020
Opinion

Waivers for Iran's civil nuclear programs will be completely phased out in two months.

Iran’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi Saturday condemned the boycott that the U.S. carries out against international nuclear cooperation with his country. By doing so, it violates the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a 2015 nuclear deal endorsed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSCR) Resolution 2231.

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“This is a blatant violation of both the UNSCR 2231 and the charter of the United Nations. The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns it ins strongest terms. This move disregards Iran’s inalienable rights and also disrupts the international public order," Mousavi said.

"If this provocative and unlawful act by the U.S. negatively affects Iran's nuclear rights under international documents and the JCPOA, Iran will take appropriate legal and practical measures," he added.

In 2018, the U.S. government decided to abandon the agreement signed with Iran, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union (EU).​​​​​​​

Under this international instrument, Iran undertook to limit its nuclear program so as not to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for receiving economic and commercial facilities.

After unilaterally breaking that agreement and reintroducing sanctions against Iran, the U.S. kept some temporary and reviewable exemptions so that other signatory states could cooperate with Iran on civilian nuclear projects without exposing themselves to sanctions.

On May 27, however, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that his government will exempt them within 60 days.​​​​​​

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