Iran has announced that will no longer comply with the terms of agreement of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
This was announced in a statement issued by the Iranian Presidency media office after a cabinet meeting in Tehran, the country’s capital, on Sunday.
The accord was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States – plus Germany, together with the European Union.
Under the terms of the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
But US President, Donald Trump, decided to pull out his country from the agreement in 2018, describing the accord as a “bad deal” negotiated by the administration of former US President, Barrack Obama.
However, Iran’s apparent walkout from the agreement may not be unconnected to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the country’s top military general and head of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps’ Quds Force, in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, by the US on Friday.
Iran said it will no longer abide by any of the restrictions imposed by the deal, including observing limitations on its capacity for enrichment, the level of enrichment, the stock of enriched material, or research and development.
“Iran will continue its nuclear enrichment with no limitations and based on its technical needs,” the statement said.
The statement did not, however, say that Iran was withdrawing from the agreement, adding that Iran would continue to co-operate with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Enriched uranium can be used in nuclear weapons.
The exit comes just as the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday voted to expel all foreign troops, especially US troops.