France, Germany, and Britain (E3) are expected to stop their political blame game against Iran and act in full compliance with their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Friday, Tasnim News Agency reported.“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities are fully within the framework of the international law, and is totally lawful and legitimate,” he said.
Following the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and the reimposition of sanctions, and considering Europe’s continued failure to live up to its commitments to help Iran reap the economic benefits of the removal of sanctions, the Islamic Republic decided to row back on its nuclear commitments according to the articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, Khatibzadeh said.
“These steps were taken in full compliance with the JCPOA, and the country has always stressed that they will be reversible once the other parties to the JCPOA implement the deal in full,” he added.
His remarks came after France, Germany, Britain in a joint statement on Thursday urged Iran to return to its commitments under the JCPOA.
The nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China.
However, the US under President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed illegal sanctions that had been lifted by the deal and also started to cow others into committing to the bans and stopping their trade with Tehran.
The E3 – France, Britain and Germany – have bowed under the American pressure, ceasing their trade activities with the Islamic Republic.