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World European nations launch dispute over Iran's nuclear activity

13:40  14 january  2020
13:40  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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European leaders launched the Iran nuclear deal's dispute mechanism on Tuesday over Tehran's failure to adhere to the the limits outlined under the 2015 accord. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Iran ' s repeated violations of the deal "could not go unanswered any longer."

European powers have triggered a dispute mechanism over the nuclear deal with Iran , after the country took a further step back from its commitments. Iran has suspended all limits on its production of enriched uranium, which can be used can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons.

LONDON (AP) — Britain, France and Germany say they are triggering a dispute mechanism that is part of the nuclear deal with Iran over its failure to live up to terms of the pact.

In this photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. The head of Iran's nuclear agency says his country has begun new operations at the  heavy water nuclear reactor. The move intensifies pressure on Europe to find an effective way around U.S. sanctions, which block Tehran's oil sales abroad. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP)© Provided by Associated Press In this photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. The head of Iran's nuclear agency says his country has begun new operations at the heavy water nuclear reactor. The move intensifies pressure on Europe to find an effective way around U.S. sanctions, which block Tehran's oil sales abroad. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP)

The leaders of the three nations say in a statement Tuesday that they've been "left with no choice, given Iran’s actions, but to register today our concerns that Iran is not meeting its commitments.''

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Move brings closer the potential collapse of 2015 deal and return of EU sanctions.

France, Britain and Germany have said they would consider a dispute resolution mechanism enshrined in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could lead to United Nations sanctions being reimposed for recent breaches of the pact.

The group says it referring “this matter to the Joint Commission under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism, as set out" in the nuclear deal.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement that the three European countries "could no longer leave the growing Iranian violations of the nuclear agreement unanswered."

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"Our goal is clear: we want to preserve the accord and come to a diplomatic solution within the agreement," he added. “We will tackle this together with all partners in the agreement. We call on Iran to participate constructively in the negotiation process that is now beginning. ”

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