Foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK urged Iran in a joint statement to “ensure full and timely” cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The statement said that Iran’s actions “constitute a further violation of its commitments under the JCPOA and significantly reduce the safeguards ensured by IAEA oversight,” referring to the official name of the 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).
The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK said they “deeply regret” that Iran suspended what is known as the Additional Protocol of the JCPOA, the statement added.
On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reaffirmed Tehran’s intentions to limit the implementation of the Additional Protocol on inspections of its nuclear sites starting 21 February, stressing that such move doesn’t violate the deal.
In December, Iran passed a law to increase its uranium enrichment and stop UN inspections of its nuclear sites in response to the three European countries’ failure to commit to the accord. The legislative move came after the killing of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. At the start of January, Iran’s atomic energy organization announced that the country had succeeded in enriching uranium at 20 percent at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.