ed note–As warned/counseled on this website many years ago, and especially in the aftermath of DJT ‘pulling out’ of the JCPOA that then resulted in a tidal wave of borderline-retarded ‘analysis’ on the part of almost THE ENTIRETY of the ‘trooth moovmnt’ that POTUS DJT did this in order to get a war started with Iran per the demands of Bibi Netanyahu, the ‘Iran nuclear deal’ was/is by the very guts of its legal language DESIGNED to start a war, which was why POTUS DJT disengaged from it. It is in effect nothing more than ‘Iraq, Pt II’, where the narrative successfully used in destroying that Ishmaelite country per the demands of Judea was the ‘danger of WMDs’ and Iraq’s ‘refusal’ to allow weapons inspectors to do their job. DJT knew where all the booby traps/tripwires were in the JCPOA and knew that allowing it to continue to exist represented a ticking time bomb that would have opened up the next front in the ‘clash of civilizations’ which Netanyahu & co have planned and thus why he pulled out from it.
The U.S. and three of its European allies on Thursday warned Iran against blocking inspections by international nuclear experts and against moves by Tehran that violate the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken released the statement along with his counterparts in France, Germany and the U.K. — called the E3 — who are also signatories to the Obama-era deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The E3 and the United States expressed their shared fundamental security interest in upholding the nuclear non-proliferation regime and ensuring that Iran can never develop a nuclear weapon. In this context, the conclusion of the JCPOA was a key achievement of multilateral diplomacy,” the statement read.
President Biden has stated his intention of returning to the JCPOA, from which former President Trump withdrew in 2018, if Iran returns to compliance with it, in particular reversing steps on uranium enrichment.
But Tehran has called for the U.S. to make the first move by lifting sanctions imposed by the Trump administration as part of its JCPOA withdrawal before Iran takes its own steps to return to compliance with the deal.
The Islamic Republic is further ratcheting up the pressure on the international community, reportedly telling the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it is scaling back cooperation with the United Nations nuclear watchdog on inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, which are required under the JCPOA.
Iran maintains that its nuclear activities are peaceful.
“Iran informed the IAEA on 15 February that the country will stop implementing voluntary transparency measures under the JCPOA as of 23 February, including the Additional Protocol,” the IAEA said in a statement, Reuters reported.
The “Additional Protocol” is a provision within the JCPOA that allows short-notice inspections at nuclear sites not declared under the JCPOA.
The U.S., in its statement with the E3, called on Iran to back away from the threat.
“In this context, the E3 and the US called on Iran not to take any additional steps, in particular with respect to the suspension of the Additional Protocol and to any limitations on IAEA verification activities in Iran,” the statement read.
“The E3 and the United States are united in underlining the dangerous nature of a decision to limit IAEA access, and therefore urge Iran to consider the consequences of such grave action, particularly at this time of renewed diplomatic opportunity.”
The Biden administration is pursuing a rigorous path to diplomacy to bring Iran back into compliance with the nuclear agreement. The president appointed a U.S. special envoy to Iran, Rob Malley, who had served as the lead negotiator on the JCPOA during the Obama administration.
The president has also emphasized a return to multilateralism and coordinating with allies.