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Iran Threatens To Reduce More Nuclear Commitments If Others Do Not Comply

File photo - Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behruz Kamalvandi.

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrooz Kamalvandi, on Sunday warned Europeans that Iran would drop more of its nuclear commitments if they do not assist the Islamic Republic to economically benefit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran will continue to reduce its commitments" if the remaining parties to the deal do not realize their own commitments, Kamalvandi was cited as saying by official IRNA news agency.

He reiterated that Iran's withdrawal from parts of its commitments were a reaction to the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the accord in May 2018.

If Tehran's interests are met, "Iran is prepared to return to its commitments," Kamalvandi said at the opening ceremony of training courses for nuclear rights in the capital Tehran on Sunday, October 6.

Repeating that Iran is ready to resume all suspended commitments once all sides start to the agreement, Kamalvandi cautioned "otherwise, Iran will continue to reduce further commitments."

Iran has been pressuring the UK, France and Germany since May 2018 to facilitate trade despite the U.S. sanctions, but Europeans have hesitated as the U.S. has kept up diplomatic pressure.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reported on Friday, September 27, "The European Union has privately warned Iran that it will be forced to start withdrawing from the nuclear deal in November if Tehran goes ahead with its threat to take new steps away from the deal."

Responding to the EU warning, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic Foreign Ministry dismissed the threat as "already dead."

Disregarding JCPOA commitments, Iran has so far injected gas into its new generation centrifuges, ignored the limit (300 kg) set for stockpiling enriched uranium and increased the level of uranium enrichment from 3.67% to 4.5%.