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German FM: Iran's New Nuclear Policy May End Agreement With World Powers

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Iran's new nuclear policy announced on December 6, 2020 can kill JCPOA. FILE PHOTO

In an interview with Deutchlandfunk (DLF) radio Monday German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Iran's announcement on Sunday that it would not comply with any limitations on uranium enrichment it had agreed to before, could be the first step towards the end of the treaty.

Iran rolled back its commitments to the 2015 nuclear agreement with the six major world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by announcing that it will enrich uranium "based on its technical needs" without restrictions on the number of its centrifuges or its enrichment capacity.

Iran has said that it will continue to cooperate with the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and can quickly reverse its decision if sanctions that have paralyzed its economy are rolled back.

"What Iran has now announced no longer corresponds to the agreement. That is why we are going to sit down with France and Britain today to decide on how we will react to it this week. It will certainly not be tolerable without our response," the German Foreign Minister told Deutchlandfunk while stressing that "nobody wants Iran to have nuclear weapons".

"We will discuss that with each other. We will, as we have always done in the past, talk to the International Atomic Energy Agency about this and ask for its assessment again. Based on that, once the facts are gathered, there will be a coordinated response from Germany, France and the UK in the coming hours and days," Mass said.

In response to a question on which side the Europeans are in the matter of Iran's nuclear issue Mass said: "We are on the side that always wants to give diplomacy a chance".

Mass also added that the unnecessary conflagration in the Middle East following the U.S. strike that killed Iran's Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad three days ago will significantly change security in Europe "not for the better".