US: Iran’s risk-taking and blackmail tactics will not reduce sanctions


The 35-member Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, July 10, for a closed-door meeting to discuss Iran’s breach of the landmark nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA). The meeting was requested by the United States.

At the beginning of the meeting, the U.S representative to the UN nuclear watchdog, Jackie Wolcott, announced that the United States is still willing to negotiate with Iran without any preconditions.

Wolcott once again accused Iran of “nuclear extortion” and said: “Risk-taking and blackmail tactics will not bring about fewer sanctions for Iran.”

The IAEA had previously confirmed Iran’s breach of the nuclear deal by surpassing the 3.67 enrichment limit. Last week the agency reported that Iran has also increased its enriched uranium stockpile to 213.5 kg, surpassing the 202.8 limits set by the nuclear deal.

On Sunday Iran announced that it will no longer comply with the enrichment limit set by the JCPOA as a response to U.S sanctions.

In response to Iran’s decision, the European Union and the remaining parties of the nuclear deal urged Iran to stop and reverse any actions that would violate the deal.

In a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Emanuel Macron, the president of France said that the efforts to save the nuclear deal will continue until July 15.

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