Iran Gives Parties to JCPOA 60-Day Moratorium to Remedy Breaches

May 8, 2019

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Tehran, May 8, IRNA – Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran will give a 60-day moratorium to the states parties to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to remedy their breaches and restore Iran's interests enshrined by the international deal.

The European signatories to the JCPOA were doing well in lip service, but practically they were unable to implement what they vowed, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on the first anniversary of US withdrawal from the deal.

After the US withdrawal from the deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8, 2018, the European signatories –UK, France, and Germany—pledged to take actions to neutralize the restrictions caused by the unilateral withdrawal.

'Based on a decision made by Iran's Supreme National Security Council, I sent messages to the remaining five countries in the nuclear deal, announcing that we gave them one year as they requested us,' Rouhani said.

'It was a strategic patience on our part,' he said clarifying that Iran 'is not leaving the nuclear deal today.'

'It is not the end of JCPOA, rather it is a new phase of the deal in the context and in line with the wording of the JCPOA.'

'Articles of 26 and 36 entitled Iran to raise complaint about breach of the international deal in the joint commission,' he noted.

The Article 36, under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism, says, 'If Iran believed that any or all of the E3/EU+3 were not meeting their commitments under this JCPOA, Iran could refer the issue to the Joint Commission for resolution.' 

The Article 26 stipulates, 'The EU will refrain from re-introducing or re-imposing the sanctions that it has terminated implementing under this JCPOA, without prejudice to the dispute resolution process provided for under this JCPOA.'

In the message, we announced the remaining signatories that Iran has changed its mind on the two measures it has taken based on the deal, Rouhani said in reference to the selling the enriched uranium and heavy water after 60 days moratorium.

After the period, Rouhani added, if the five countries come to the negotiation table to come to terms with Iran's interests particularly with regard to oil and banking, we would return to the previous position.

Oherwise, the 3.6 percent level of enrichment and the heavy water reactor restrictions would not be observed.