(Paris) France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States warned Iran on Thursday that “any decision restricting (inspectors) access to the International Atomic Energy Agency”, as Tehran expects, “would be dangerous.” He urged it to respect the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, according to a statement.
These four Western powers affirm that their goal is “Iran’s return to full compliance with its obligations” stipulated in the 2015 nuclear agreement, with a shared interest in “preserving the nuclear nonproliferation regime and (of) ensuring that Iran can not possess a nuclear weapon,” according to this. The joint statement issued at the end of a hypothetical meeting between the European and American foreign ministers.
The Iranian government plans to restrict access of IAEA inspectors to non-nuclear facilities, including military sites suspected of having nuclear activity, starting Sunday if the United States does not lift sanctions it imposed in 2018.
France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States call on Iran “to take into account the consequences of such a dangerous measure, especially at this appropriate moment to return to diplomacy.”
“(US) Secretary of State Blinken has indicated, as President (Joe) Biden said, if Iran returns to strict compliance with its obligations […]The statement said the United States would do the same and that they were ready to start talks with Iran to achieve this.
Since the United States withdrew from the agreement concluded in 2015, decided by former US President Donald Trump, and the re-imposition of sanctions that stifle the Iranian economy, Tehran has gradually freed itself from the number of restrictions it has agreed to impose on its nuclear program. .
The arrival of Joe Biden to the White House on January 20 gave hope for a resumption of dialogue, following the “maximum pressure” policy of his predecessor. But the new US administration demands Tehran first return to the terms of the agreement, which is supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring atomic weapons.
The four countries also expressed their “common concern” about the recent Iranian decision to produce 20% of enriched uranium and metallic uranium, which constitutes a “fundamental step” in developing a nuclear weapon.