Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed that Iran had suspended its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol in accordance with the December 2020 “Strategic Action” Law. He also characterised the decision as “fully compatible with the JCPOA”, adding: “Understandings with IAEA Director General Grossi show our good faith. All remedial measures [are] reversible”. France, Germany and the UK jointly stated that “Iran’s actions are a further violation of its commitments under the JCPOA and significantly reduces safeguards oversight by the IAEA”. They further called on “Iran to stop and reverse all measures that reduce transparency and to ensure full and timely cooperation with the IAEA”, while reiterating: “Our objective remains to preserve the JCPOA and to support ongoing diplomatic efforts for a negotiated solution allowing for the return of Iran and the U.S. to full compliance”. Israeli Foreign Minister Gabby Ashkenazi contended that “Iran’s policy is a declaration of intent as to its desire to continue to secretly develop nuclear capabilities. Israel sees this step as a threat, and it must not go by without response”.
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