The U.S. ended “the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor and the export of Iran’s spent and scrap research reactor fuel”, effective in 60 days. A separate waiver for the Bushehr plant was extended by 90 days. The U.S. also designated two Iranians “for engaging or attempting to engage in activities that have materially contributed to, or pose a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”. Secretary Pompeo stressed that “the [Iranian] regime’s nuclear extortion will lead to increased pressure on Iran and further isolate the regime from the international community”. An Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran spokesperson indicated that the waiver termination “will not in practice have any effect on Iran’s work… Of course America wants its actions to have an effect in line with pressure on Iran, but in practice nothing will happen”.
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