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France, Germany and the United Kingdom are urging Iran to ensure maximum cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency

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The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom urged Iran, in a joint statement, to stop and cancel all measures that reduce transparency and to ensure full and timely cooperation with the International Energy Agency.

Previously, the United States requested Iran to cooperate immediately with the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding its alleged secret nuclear materials.

According to the statement, Iran’s actions would constitute a further violation of its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – known as the “ Iran nuclear deal) and would significantly reduce safeguards guaranteed by the IAEA’s oversight.

On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reiterated Tehran’s intentions Limit the implementation of the additional protocol On inspections of its nuclear sites starting February 21.

In December, Iran passed a law to increase uranium enrichment and halt international inspections of its nuclear sites in response to the killing of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. In early January, Iran’s Atomic Energy Commission announced that the country had succeeded Uranium enrichment at 20% At the Fordow fuel enrichment plant.

In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the P5 + 1 group of countries (the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom – plus Germany) and the European Union. The agreement called on Iran to reduce its nuclear program and uranium reserves in exchange for a reduction in sanctions, including the lifting of the arms embargo, five years after the agreement was approved.

In 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and reimposed sanctions on Iran, forcing Tehran to largely abandon its obligations under the agreement.

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