Iran to Respond to West’s Breach of Nuclear Deal Commitments by Wednesday

Miguel Arias Canete, Commissionner of the European Commission in charge of Climate Action and Energy and Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi give a joint press poi

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has told Sputnik that a mechanism similar to INSTEX may be implemented in participation with other interested countries, including Russian Federation and Turkey.

The 2015 deal saw sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for limits on its nuclear operations.

Iran's state-run Press TV earlier said: "The deployment seems to be a "regularly scheduled" one by the U.S. Navy, and Bolton has just tried to talk it up".

Rouhani warned of a firm response if Iran's nuclear case is referred again to the United Nations Security Council, but said Tehran was ready for negotiations over its nuclear program."The Iranian people and the world should know that today is not the end of the JCPOA", Rouhani said, using the acronym for the nuclear deal. "There is a 60-day windows of opportunity for diplomacy", he said.

Iran has pulled out of "some commitments" under the 2015 global nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US.

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani plans to declare his country's "partial termination" of the nuclear deal with major powers on Wednesday, according to two Iranian news agencies.

Iran will reportedly soon announce reciprocal measures in the face of the Donald Trump administration's revoking of sanctions waivers allowing nuclear cooperation with Iran.

Washington's European allies, which opposed the USA pullout, have tried and failed to come up with ways to blunt the economic impact of the US move while urging Iran to continue to comply.

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif separately will write to the European Union, the agency said.

"The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces", he said.

His administration wants to renegotiate the nuclear deal and widen its scope so that it also curbs Iran's ballistic missile programme and "malign" activities in the Middle East.

Iran said the action was being taken because the European Union and others "did not have the power to resist U.S. pressure".

The comment was the first from an Israeli official on the matter. Such reactors produce plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons. Ultimate authority in Iran is in the hands of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a cleric in power since 1989, who signed off on the nuclear deal but remains close to the hardline faction that challenges Rouhani.

"We call on all relevant parties to exercise restraint, strengthen dialogue, and avoid escalating tensions", he said, adding that China "resolutely opposes" unilateral United States sanctions against Iran.

Currently, the accord limits Iran to enriching uranium to 3.67 per cent, which can fuel a commercial nuclear power plant. However, once a country enriches uranium to around 20%, scientists say the time needed to reach 90% is halved. Iran has previously enriched to 20 per cent.

Under terms of the deal, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of low-enriched uranium. That's compared to the 22,046 pounds of higher-enriched uranium it once had. The Stuxnet computer virus, widely believed to be a joint U.S.

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