TEHRAN – Iran has officially ended its compliance with several commitments of the country’s 2015 nuclear deal, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) said on Wednesday.
An IAEA official told Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency on condition of anonymity that “the country has begun to stop implementing some of its obligations under the JCPOA as underlined in an SNSC statement.”
“Stopping programs related to compliance with the ceiling for production of enriched uranium as well as the unlimited production of heavy water at the Arak facility are programs seriously pursued as stressed during the first 60-day period related to Iran’s first step in response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal,” the source said.
President Hassan Rouhani warned on May 8 his country would begin to withdraw from key aspects of the agreement if global powers failed to keep their commitments within the next 60 days.
Minister of Defense Amir Hatami said Wednesday that the Armed Forces of his country are prepared to defeat the United States and Israel.
He denounced the US decision to launch “an offensive against the Iranian people,” which included economic sanctions, with the aim of “intimidating the country and the region,” according to statements published by state television.
He added that the Iranian nation “will overcome this delicate situation” and make “the US-Zionist front taste again the bitter taste of defeat.”
“At present, the Islamic Republic of Iran is at its highest level of defensive and military preparedness to deal with any threat,” he continued.
According to Hatami, although Iran is subject to an arms embargo, it has spared no effort in developing its defensive and dissuasive capabilities.
With Washington toughening its sanctions on the Islamic republic, Rouhani issued a 60-day suspension for the rest of the signatories of the pact to fulfill Iran’s demands and save the country’s banking system and oil trade from international sanctions.
He specified that the measure, which would mean Iran will not abide by the condition to sell its enriched uranium and heavy water beyond given limits, had a 60-day deadline, during which Tehran would wait for a response from the deal’s remaining parties.
The announcement came exactly one year after the United States abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) it had signed with Iran along with Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom as co-signatories.
The JCPOA limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions but has been weakened after Washington’s exit.
On the other hand, tensions between Iran and the US have escalated after the latter announced it would reinforce its troops deployed in the Middle East by sending USS Arlington and the Patriot missile system to join USS Abraham Lincoln with more fighter-bombers.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ruled out the possibility of war with the US and added there would be no renegotiation of the deal.