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Netanyahu Blasts European Decision on Iran Sanctions

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16 Jul 2019
Netanyahu Blasts European Decision on Iran Sanctions
A decision by the European powers not to enforce sanctions on Iran for its recent breaches of the JCPOA nuclear deal was met with exasperation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said on Monday that it “reminds me of Europe’s appeasement in the 1930s. Then as well, there were those who buried their heads in the sand and did not see the approaching danger. Apparently, there are those in Europe who will not wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on Europe. But then it will be too late.” He repeated, however, that Israel “will continue to do everything we need to do to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”

“For the time being, none of the parties to the agreement have signaled their intention to invoke this article, which means that none of them for the moment, for the time being with the current data we have had in particular from the IAEA, that the non-compliance is considered to be significant non-compliance,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a news conference after an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels over the weekend. “The (JCPOA) deal is not in good health, but it’s still alive. We note that technically all the steps that have been taken — and that we regret have been taken — are reversible. We hope and we invite Iran to reverse these steps and go back to full compliance with the agreement.”

"Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb. There is still some small but closing window to keep the deal alive," British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters before the meeting even began.

"We stress that the continued voluntary and goodwill based actions by the Islamic Republic of Iran are rooted in the principle of reciprocity of rights and duties" in the JCPOA, Iran’s Foreign Ministry  said in a statement Monday. Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency agreed, issuing a statement of its own, quoted by the IRNA state news agency, saying "If the Europeans and the Americans don't want to carry out their duties... we will decrease our commitments and... reverse the conditions to four years ago."

Here is a video giving context to recent developments in Iran


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