President Issues Beginning 4th Step in Reducing JCPOA Commitments/ 4th Stage Reversible Under IAEA’s Supervision (Excerpts)

November 5, 2019

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Dr Rouhani announced the commencement of Iran’s 4th step in reducing its commitments under the JCPOA, saying, “We announce to the P4+1 and our friends that our new activities will be under the monitoring of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and this step is reversible like the previous ones".

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In another part of his speech, the President referred to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s steps in reducing JCPOA commitments and said, “In the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the amount of stockpiled uranium had a 300kg limit, based on which we had to sell the surplus. In the first step, we lifted this limit and are stockpiling whatever we enrich”.

“In the JCPOA, we pledged not to exceed enrichment above 3.67%, but in the second step, we reduced our commitment regarding this enrichment limit and now we are not committed to enriching only at this level,” he continued.

The President added, “In the third step, we went beyond the frameworks set for R&D, and we will make any kind of scientific developments, centrifuge production, and quantities and chains”.

Dr Rouhani also announced the commencement of Iran’s 4th step in reducing its commitments under the JCPOA, saying, “We announce to the P4+1 and our friends that our new activities will be under the monitoring of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and this step is reversible like the previous ones".

“Whenever they return to their January 1, 2017 commitments, we will uphold our commitments made at this date as well,” he continued.

The President said that under the JCPOA, 1044 centrifuges were agreed to spin in Fordow without injection of any gas, stating, "From tomorrow, injecting gas to the centrifuges in Fordow will begin, a move that may raise concerns. We are aware of their concerns vis-à-vis Fordow, but whenever they fulfil their obligations, this step can be reversed and they should know that we cannot stay unilaterally committed , without them acting”.

Dr Rouhani stated that we are committed to all the negotiations behind the closed doors aimed at moving forward, stating, “Some countries have tried to negotiate an agreement before today, but we have to take the 4th step tomorrow. Within the next two months, there is a chance for negotiation, and if we find the right solution to lift the metals and oil sanctions, ensuring our easy oil sales and receiving our money in our banks, we are fully prepared to return to the previous state”.

The President stressed, “We announced that America must officially announce that the sanctions are not right and that we are ready to negotiate in the presence of the P5+1 presidents”.

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