Britain, France and Germany as well as other countries on Saturday showed a strong displeasure with the United States of America’s decision to terminate sanctions waivers for business organizations from countries which proceed with their nuclear operations in Iran.
The waivers were part of the milestone accord signed with Tehran in 2015 that was designed to restrict Iran’s nuclear goals with a view to bringing an end to economic sanctions.
Arab News reports that they permitted European, Chinese and Russian businesses to work on the regular conversion of a heavy water reactor located in Arak, a bubbling industrial district in Western Iran.
A joint publication from the European powers expressed a deep concern on the U.S decision to end the three waivers covering crucial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear ventures in Iran.
The statement asserted the ventures, approved by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, controls the non-proliferation interests of all and gives the world hope of the completely peaceful and harmless nature of Iranian nuclear operations.
Also, Al Jazeera reports that earlier this week, United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced the decision to bring the waivers to a halt earlier this week.
Russia has vehemently challenged the stance by Mr Pompeo, with Moscow claiming US foreign policy was becoming more unfriendly and lacking predictability.
On Wednesday, Mike Pompeo ,United States Secretary of State said an exclusion for operations at the Bushehr nuclear power site was the only feature that could qualify for an extension.
He also placed a ban on two officials, Amjad Sazgar and Majid Aghai, who are involved with Iran’s atomic energy organization.
Since the United States pulled out from Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers about 2 years ago, Tehran has little by little taken steps away from the accord and began pumping uranium gas into at least one thousand centrifuges.
The Iranian government asserts that the steps could be changed, if Europe devises a strategy for it to dodge the United States ‘hammers’ crushing the chances for its crude oil sales in the international market.
Iran is also upgrading uranium up to 4.5 percent in contradiction of the agreed restriction of 3.67 percent. Enhanced uranium at the 3.67 percent level is enough for peaceful endeavors, but it is lower than the weapons-grade levels of 90 percent.
At the 4.5 percent level, it generates enough energy to help power Iran’s Bushehr reactor, the only nuclear power plant available in the country. Before the nuclear deal, Iran had got to the level of up to 20 percent.
The Guardian reports that The nuclear agreement, officially referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was endorsed by the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia as well as Iran.
However, the United States pulled out in 2018 and her recent stance on waivers, following further sanctions, gives the suggestion that the accord might never be successful in the long term.
Russia has also criticized Pompeo’s decision saying the United States foreign policy was gradually becoming harmful and irrational.
In the capital city of Tehran, Iranian foreign ministry image maker, Abbas Mousavi, condemned the United States policy as a mindless violation of Resolution 2231 as well as the Charter of the United Nations.
He noted Iran was willing to seek legal redress and take the expected course of actions, if the move would not favor her nuclear ambitions.
Spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi, of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization on Thursday stated that Washington’s desperate move was specifically designed to distract attention from its serial defeats it had recorded with Iran.