FAST FIVE: Europe Triggers Iran Deal 'Dispute Mechanism' In Drastic Measure To Prevent Nuclear Advancement
Europe Triggers Iran Deal 'Dispute Mechanism' In Drastic Measure To Prevent Nuclear Advancement It goes without saying that the Iran nuclear deal is on its last legs and will likely die following declarations of Tehran leaders to no longer be beholden to uranium enrichment limits (in a Jan.6 statement) after the prior US pullout from the deal, but especially following the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Gen.
And now the deal's final unraveling has just hit another crucial indicative milestone as on Tuesday France, Britain and Germany formally triggered the dispute resolution mechanism regulating conformity to the deal, seen as the harshest measure taken thus far by the European signatories.
Russia, another signatory to the pact, said it saw no grounds to trigger the mechanism,” Reuters reports. File image: Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, via Reuters However in taking the dire action, a joint statement underscored this should not be interpreted as meaning they've joined Washington's “maximum pressure” campaign, but are attempting to stave off an additional crisis of potential nuclear proliferation. The chief concern, however reluctant they may have been to trigger the mechanism, is described by a senior official's quote to The Guardian: Concern was most acute that Iran will be learning about centrifuge enrichment in an irreversible way.
“The concern is they are going to learn something that it is not possible for them to unlearn,” one senior official said.
“We do not accept the argument that Iran is entitled to reduce compliance with the JCPoA,” the European signatories to the JCPOA said.