Iran’s parliament ratified the outlines of a bill entitled “Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions” requiring the government, inter alia, to increase uranium enrichment to 20 per cent and suspend NPT implementation if the JCPOA’s remaining parties failed to fulfil their commitments two months after the law came into force. President Rouhani maintained that his administration did “not agree with that resolution and considers it detrimental to the process of diplomatic activities”. He further asserted that “in the field of nuclear activities, we are in so much better conditions compared to eight years ago… We have reached to IR-8 and IR-9 from IR-1 and IR-2, and we are stronger in the field of enrichment than any other year, and the possibility of research and development is better than ever in the country”. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif subsequently underscored that Iran’s steps under the law would not be “irreversible”. “The Europeans and Americans can come back into compliance with the JCPOA and not only this law will not be implemented, but in fact the actions we have taken... will be rescinded. We will go back to full compliance”, Zarif explained.
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