Iran says it’s pulling from nuclear agreement, but remains part of bargain ‘politically’
Conclusion comes after Qassem Soleimani was murdered
New Delhi: Iran Sunday announced that it’s fully withdrawing in the 2015 nuclear deal, days after its top leader Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump.
Some experts say that for all practical reasons the 2015 deal is dead, but others say that it isn’t and point out how Iran statement suggests it is still part of the deal.
‘This measure is within JCPOA (the Iranian nuclear deal) & all 5 measures are reversible upon EFFECTIVE implementation of reciprocal obligations. Iran cooperation w/IAEA will continue,’ tweeted Javad Zarif.
What did Iran say?
On Sunday, Iranian state television declared that the nation withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.
According to a report in the Reuters, Iran has decided to breach all constraints imposed by the 2015 deal –‘whether the limit on its amount of uranium enrichment centrifuges to its enrichment capacity, the amount to which uranium could be enriched, the amount of stockpiled enriched uranium or Iran’s nuclear Research and Development activities’.
The US had declared its withdrawal from the deal. In May 2019, Iran responded by withdrawing from the agreement.
Iran nuclear deal not dead yet
Richard Johnson, a former US state department official and a analyst, tweeted:’Many people believed to enriching at near 20%, Iran would announce a move. It didn’t do that today. This is good news.’ The timeline that was breakout could have dramatically diminished.
Johnson went on to mention the above-mentioned tweet of Zarif and said that Iran is still a part of the deal’from a political perspective’.
‘Media is characterising this as the end of this JCPOA, but Zarif’s tweet makes clear that Iran wants to say they are IN the JCPOA from a political perspective,’ he tweeted. Another nuclear analyst Vipin Narang has a similar monitoring.