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Iran abandons 2015 nuclear deal after US air strike

Iran abandons 2015 nuclear deal after US air strike

7.1.2020 | Jessica Lusamba | 127

Iran on Sunday announced its intention to no longer abide by the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a deal signed between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US in 2015, whereby Iran pledged to limit its nuclear activities, particularly its uranium enrichment activities, in exchange for the UN, US and EU allowing Iran to regain control over its assets that had been frozen overseas and to start selling oil on the international market again.

But, in May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal and reinstated its economic sanctions upon Iran, thus causing tensions between the two countries, which escalated into a US air strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top generals.

As a result of the air strike, Iran has decided to step away from the JCPOA deal. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, confirmed this decision via twitter post on Sunday. He stated in his twitter post that “there will no longer be any restrictions on the number of centrifuges,” thus confirming Iran’s decision to no longer limit its nuclear program as stipulated by the JCPOA deal.

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