Iranian President Hassan Rouhani He said his country enriches more uranium than Tehran before reaching a nuclear agreement with the world powers in 2015.
“We are enriching more uranium before the agreement is reached … The pressure on Iran has increased, but we continue to make progress,” Rouhani said in a speech on television on Thursday.
Iran has gradually reduced its obligations under the nuclear agreement signed with the US. US, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK, in retaliation for the revocation of the pact by Washington in 2018 and the re-imposition of sanctions that have paralyzed the country’s economy.
Earlier this week, the UK, France, and Germany challenged Tehran by exceeding the limits in the agreement.
European countries announced to have activated the dispute mechanism provided for in the historic agreement to force Tehran to fulfill its obligations under the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA).
On Thursday, the main EU diplomat, Josep Borrell, had direct “frank, talks” with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi.
“In a frank dialogue, they discussed the latest developments around the joint comprehensive action plan,” the European Union said in a statement.
The face-to-face conversations on the sidelines of a conference were the first after a series of phone calls since an American drone attack killed Iranian chief-general Qassem Soleimani on January 3.
EU officials have said that Iran has already expressed its anger about the European movement by telephone.
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Tensions in the region have eased in recent months following a series of attacks in the Gulf region that the United States attributed to Iran and grouped groups, despite Tehran’s denials.
Fear of a military escalation shot up in early January following the murder of Soleimani in an air raid in Baghdad, causing Iran to launch a barrage of missiles at a military base that housed US troops in Iraq.
In his speech on Thursday, Rouhani said that Iranian reprisals, which, according to the US Army, have caused significant material damage, but not casualties, had exacerbated Iranian deterrence against US President Donald Trump’s “threats.”
But despite constant tensions, Rouhani said Tehran was “at work” on a daily basis to prevent military confrontation and war, and that dialogue with the world remained “possible.”
The 2015 nuclear agreement imposed restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for a postponement of international sanctions.
After a unilateral withdrawal, the United States again imposed a series of sanctions on Tehran and called for negotiations on a new agreement.
Iran has rejected the idea of negotiating a new agreement during a sanction.
In response to the US measure, Tehran began to enrich uranium above the limit agreed in the agreement and took additional measures to improve its nuclear program, while also accusing the European parties of not fulfilling their own obligations to provide Tehran economic aid. offer.
Iran had enriched uranium with a purity of 20 percent before signing the agreement, limiting enrichment to 3.67 percent.
Rouhani defended the 2015 nuclear agreement on Thursday and said, “We have demonstrated in practice that we can communicate with the world.”