Ex British official lauds Iran's approach in dealing with JCPOA

London, May 14, IRNA- Former British Ambassador to IAEA Peter Jenkins said on Tuesday that Iran’s decision on reducing some of its voluntary commitments under the nuclear deal was a wise measure.

“I think President Rouhani brought up two commitments reading as export of low-enriched uranium and heavy water which were carefully chosen because it could take several weeks or even months for Iran to provide more than 300 kg of low-enriched uranium,” Peter Jenkins told IRNA on Tuesday.

He explained why such moves will put proliferation at risk. “But if that happens and Iran to stay committed to this amount of low-enriched uranium and heavy water than the actual amount set by the JCPOA, I cannot remember if there is actually a specific volume, so the proliferation risk is not going to increase at all,” Jenkins said.

“These are well-chosen and do not increase the proliferation risk while they are sending very clear signals to the other parties that Iran is deeply frustrated by other parties’ failure in fulfiling their commitments which is very understandable,” he added.

According to the former British official, Iran has not pull out of the JCPOA because “it has many commitments under the deal. It’s not going to be in violation or non-performance of the JCPOA for quite a little time ahead”.

Jenkins told IRNA that Russians “showed the greatest understanding” of the Iranian move while Europeans only referred to “blackmail”. “I was less happy with the European statement which actually referred to blackmail. But if there is one party blackmailing the others, that is the U.S. that has made it very difficult to live up to its commitments,” Jenkins stressed.

That is why the Europeans haven’t been able to take firm actions against the U.S., he said adding that “It’s very hard for them to disregard U.S. secondary extraterritorial sanctions because of levying astronomical fines on European banks for dealing with Iran. Also, it goes against the EU regulations to urge their private companies to trade with Iran and face U.S. penalties,” he noted.

But, he said that Europeans have not employed one option by this time. “There is one option that the Europeans have not tried so far and that is to threaten retaliation, that is if you penalize our firms that deal with Iran, we will do the same with the U.S. companies or its administration,” ex-British official said.

He also warned that the U.S. is in breach of the 2231 resolution that ratified Iran's multilateral nuclear deal in 2015. “The UN Security Council has not yet condemned the U.S for violation of the 2231 treaty. One European diplomat said that they were not sure if the U.S. were in violation of the treaty. Well, if they are not in violation of the treaty, but certainly they are in contravention,” he said.

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