Iran sets 60-day nuclear countdown unless Europe delivers trade

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"We're on the side of values-driven democracy, we're on the side of freedom", he said, comparing Iran to the "evil" Churchill stared down in Nazi Germany and censuring a British reporter for asking a "parlor game" question.

"Iran does not have nuclear weapons and its neighbours have not responded by getting nuclear weapons", Hunt said.

"Once our demands are met, we will resume implementation of the ceased undertakings", Iran's National Security Council announced in a statement. Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Iran has said it will defy the sanctions and continue to export oil.

"On the way here, I heard that Iran intends to continue its nuclear program", Netanyahu said at a Memorial Day event in Jerusalem.

Britain's Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said at a joint news conference with his USA counterpart Mike Pompeo that United Kingdom supports the JCPOA, but is concerned about Iran's recent move and calls on Tehran to fulfil its commitment.

This is the same [nuclear deal] that states if the other parties are failing to meet their obligations, then we can also reduce our obligations in the deal.

"If the five countries came to the negotiating table and we reached an agreement, and if they could protect our interests in the oil and banking sectors, we will go back to square one", Rouhani said, according to Reuters.

President Rouhani set a 60-day deadline for new terms to the 2015 nuclear accord on the anniversary of U.S. decision to withdraw from it.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "After a year of patience, Iran stops measures that the US has made impossible to continue".

"The US is to blame for the situation and it makes it hard for both Iran to fulfill its obligations and. for the general state of the nuclear non-proliferation regime", said Lavrov.




"The world should not give Iran a second chance", Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said in response to Iranian threats to renew its nuclear program.

One year after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal, Iran warned the pact's remaining signatories that it would stop implementing parts of the agreement if they don't improve economic cooperation with the country.

Iran's move will erode the bargaining power of Germany, France and the United Kingdom vis-a-vis the USA, and may lead to the U.S. and the European Union joining forces in resuming sanctions.

Since Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear accord previous year, the Trump administration has repeatedly threatened Iran with military action and intensified punishing economic sanctions in an effort to "foment unrest" inside the country.

Sunday night's statement from national security adviser John Bolton said the USS Abraham Lincoln, other ships in the carrier's strike group and a bomber wing would deploy to the Mideast.

Speaking at the press conference, Zarif said Iran was genuinely committed to the nuclear deal, and Tehran could guarantee the continued survival of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers if the pact's European signatories fulfilled their obligations.

It said deputy Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi had handed the decision to the ambassadors of the five countries in a meeting on Wednesday. "That is what our heroes did at the dawn of the nations' rebirth, and we march in their path".

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said that Iran had been provoked into rolling back some of the terms of the deal due to pressure from the USA, a year after Washington itself pulled out of the pact.

Iran has made a decision to suspend some of its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major powers abandoned by Washington a year ago, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.

The same day, Tim Morrison, special assistant to the president and senior director for weapons of mass destruction and biodefense, said that Iran should expect more sanctions "very soon".

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