Iran to Keep Enriching Uranium Under JCPOA: Larijani

Iran to Keep Enriching Uranium Under JCPOA: Larijani

The United States has tightened restrictions on Iran's nuclear programme by failing to renew two key sanctions waivers which allowed Russian Federation and the European nations to do business with Tehran, Aljazeera reported.

The US intensified its pressures against the Iranian nation recently by refusing to reissue sanctions waivers on Iranian oil sales followed by a Friday announcement that it would try to force Iran to stop nuclear enrichment in a blatant violation of the nuclear deal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended the waivers, which were due to expire on Saturday, for 90 days, shorter than the 180 days that had been granted in the past. "We are determined to pursue efforts, together with other European partners, to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalization of the special goal vehicle 'INSTEX".

The European Union voiced "concern" on Saturday over extra USA sanctions aimed at unpicking an worldwide deal with Iran that has curbed the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

Last month, the United States had announced that no fresh sanction waivers will be issued for Iranian oil importers to South Korea, China, India and five other countries.

Mahjoob Zweiri, director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University, told Al Jazeera the United States move is aimed at stopping Iran from exporting oil. "The American administration basically wants to block Iran from exporting even one millimetre of its oil", he said.

In 2014, Russian Federation and Iran signed an agreement to build the second and third reactors for the Bushehr plant, Sputnik said.

Under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Russian Federation and several European nations help maintain the nuclear facilities and are engaged in converting equipment there for exclusively civilian use.

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They allow for work to continue at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the Fordow enrichment facility, the Arak nuclear complex, and the Tehran Research Reactor.

Apart from that, until now, Iran was allowed to ship low-enriched uranium to Russian Federation before it reaches 300-kilogram limit, which would likely to be hit by the recent United States sanctions as well.

The objective of the deal was to prevent Iran working to develop nuclear weapons technology.

"We will also no longer permit the storage for Iran of heavy water it has produced in excess of current limits; any such heavy water must no longer be available to Iran in any fashion", US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

On April 22, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the USA sanctions will be reimposed on all countries that import oil from Iran since May 2.

These exemptions were offered as a part of the 2015 nuclear agreement to allow Iran to pursue a limited civilian nuclear program.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said certain countries were making efforts to create problems for Iran but reiterated that the Islamic Republic was playing a leading diplomatic role in the worldwide scene.

"America will only let go of this game when it realises it can not achieve anything. So we have to increase our hard currency income and cut our currency expenditures", Mr Rouhani said.

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