France, Germany, UK urge Iran to halt unranium production

The governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Friday expressed concern about Iran’s production of uranium metal.

“We, the governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, note with grave concern the recent confirmation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran is producing uranium metal in violation of the JCPOA,” three European heavyweights said in a joint statement.

They argued that under the JCPOA, Iran committed not to engage in producing or acquiring uranium metal or to conduct research and development on uranium metallurgy for 15 years.

“Recalling our statement of January 16, we reiterate that Iran has no credible civilian justification for these activities, which are a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon,” they stated.

They strongly urged Iran to halt these activities without delay and not to take any new non-compliant steps on its nuclear programme.

“In escalating its non-compliance, Iran is undermining the opportunity for renewed diplomacy to fully realise the objectives of the JCPOA,” they warned.

Source: Kuwait News Agency