The UK, France and Germany released a joint statement on Saturday saying Iran “continues to escalate its nuclear program beyond any plausible civilian justification.” The three countries said that instead, Iran raised “separate issues” and “decided not to use this critical diplomatic opportunity.”
Last month, Iran sent its response to an EU proposal to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
According to diplomats, Iran wants the United Nations nuclear agency, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), to stop investigating traces of uranium in three regions of Iran.
The IAEA called on Iran to cooperate with the nuclear agency and provide credible answers on this issue.
However, the IAEA Board of Governors is scheduled to meet on Monday, and last week the nuclear agency said it believed Iran had further increased its uranium stockpile.
The UK, France and Germany released a statement saying: “Given that Iran has been unable to reach the deal under discussion, we will be consulting with international partners on how best to respond to Iran’s ongoing nuclear escalation and lack of cooperation with the IAEA regarding its NPT [non-proliferation treaty] guarantee agreement.
The US has rejected Iran’s latest offer to reinstate the nuclear deal as Iran said its goal is a “constructive approach” aimed at “finishing the talks”.
Last week, a US State Department spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have received Iran’s response through the EU.
“We are looking into this and will respond through the EU, but unfortunately this is not constructive.”
An unnamed U.S. official spoke to Politico and said, “Based on their response, we seem to be moving backwards.”
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In a joint statement on Saturday, Britain, France and Germany said: “This latest demand raises serious doubts about Iran’s intentions and commitment to the successful completion of the JCPOA.
“Iran’s position is contrary to its legally binding obligations and jeopardizes the prospects for the restoration of the JCPOA.”
Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, called the statement “unconstructive.”
He added: “The three European countries are encouraged to play a more active role in finding solutions to put an end to the few remaining differences.
“If this approach continues, they [Britain, France, Germany] should also be held accountable for its consequences.”