(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 25. The change of the
secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council may cause the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Iran to be archived
soon, a former member of Iranian parliament Heshmatollah
Falahatpisheh said, trend reports.
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali
Shamkhani resigned and was replaced by Ali Akbar Ahmadian by
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
According to Falahatpisheh, this change means that many issues
related to the country's foreign policy have been transferred from
the Supreme National Security Council to the Iranian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. This also means that main programs such as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have been sent to the
Falahatpisheh stressed that the JCPOA was one of the issues
worked on in close coordination between the Iranian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the Supreme National Security Council.
The former MP expressed hope that a group of professional
experts on Iran's nuclear program will be organized by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
In January 2016, JCPOA was launched between Iran and the P5+1
group (US, Russia, China, UK, France, and Germany) in connection
with Iran's nuclear program. In May 2018, the US announced its
withdrawal from the deal and imposed sanctions on Iran in November
of the same year. To preserve the agreements reached as part of the
JCPOA, the European signatories of the deal started in January 2019
that a financial mechanism for maintaining trade with Iran called
INSTEX was formed.
On May 8, 2019, Iran announced that it had ceased fulfilling its
commitments regarding the sale of over 300 kilograms of uranium, as
stated in the deal, basing its decision on the other signatories
that have not fulfilled their obligations. On July 7, Iran
announced that it will not be fulfilling its commitments regarding
the enrichment of uranium at 3.67 percent and the reconstruction of
the Arak Heavy Water Reactor Facility as stated in the deal.
Iran announced that it will enrich uranium using next-generation
centrifuges and will not mix it with the enriched uranium residues
as part of the third step of reducing commitments in JCPOA on
Sept.5. On Nov. 5, 2019, Iran announced that it took the fourth
step in connection with reducing its commitments to the nuclear
agreement. So, uranium gas is being pumped to the centrifuges at
the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.
On Jan.2020, Iran took the last fifth step in reducing the
number of its commitments within JCPOA.
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