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‘Iran may review cooperation with IAEA if EU pressure mounts’

IRAN will review its cooperation with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog should it face “unjust” measures, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said.

He spoke after European Union (EU) powers last week triggered a dispute mechanism under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal.

The move by France, Britain and Germany amounts to formally accusing Iran of violating the terms of the deal and could lead eventually to reimposing UN sanctions that were lifted under the pact.

“We state openly that if the European powers, for any reason, adopt an unfair approach in using the dispute mechanism, we will seriously reconsider our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency,” state TV quoted Larijani as saying.

But the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated their commitment yesterday to the Iran nuclear deal and agreed a long-term framework was needed, Downing Street has said.

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“On Iran, the leaders reiterated their commitment to the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and also acknowledged the need to define a long-term framework to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said in a statement after the two met on the sidelines of a Libya summit in Berlin.

“They agreed on the importance of de-escalation and of working with international partners to find a diplomatic way through the current tensions.”

Tehran has continued to gradually roll back its nuclear commitments under the pact in reaction to sanctions reimposed by Washington since the U.S. quit the nuclear deal in 2018.

Tehran said last week it would abandon limits on enriching uranium, though it would continue to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog (IAEA), which is policing the nuclear pact.

President Hassan Rouhani, architect of the nuclear deal, has repeatedly said that Tehran’s nuclear steps were reversible if Tehran’s economy was shielded by other parties to the deal from U.S. penalties.

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