Iran Not Willing to Accept Changes to Nuclear Agreement

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04 May, 2018

Velayati said Iran accepts the nuclear deal as it has been prepared but will not negotiate any changes, according to Iranian state news agency Mehr.

The number of centrifuges installed at Iran's Natanz and Fordo sites was cut drastically soon after the deal while tonnes of low-enriched uranium were shipped to Russian Federation.

"Iran is committed to the nuclear deal but if the USA backs off" from the accord "we won't stay either", Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by state-run Mehr news agency as saying Thursday.

As Iran's all-powerful leader, Khamenei has the final word on all policy matters, foreign and domestic, including on the nuclear deal.

"Iran will not renegotiate what was agreed years ago and has been implemented.also we will reject any ratification of it", Zarif said in a message posted on YouTube. He accused the USA of "bullying" businesses into putting off investments in Iran.

While directly criticizing the USA and Europe, Zarif did appear to leave some wiggle room for possible negotiations, however. He offers background first about the deal before laying into Trump and criticizing Europe for offering "the United States more concessions from our pocket". "Bluster or threats won't get the USA a new deal particularly as it is not honoring the deal it has already made", he added.

Zarif was responding to Britain, France and Germany who said on Sunday that the nuclear agreement left out some "important elements".

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Trump has said he will pull out of the pact if amendments are not made, including a proposal to limit Iran's ballistic missile program, which Iran has maintained is a defensive deterrent.

Under the accord, Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear programme in return for relief from USA and other economic sanctions.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to the accord but admitted that it needed strengthening.

"I don't know what the United States president will decide on the 12th of May", Macron told reporters while on a visit to Australia.

"I just want to say whatever the decision will be, we will have to prepare such a broader negotiation and a broader deal, because I think nobody wants a war in the region, and nobody wants an escalation in terms of tension in the region", he said.

Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons and accuses its arch-foe Israel of stirring up world suspicions against it. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called into question the legitimacy of the United States and Israel making moves to have the deal scrapped after it gained the consensus of five world powers in 2015 in what was widely regarded at the time as a significant diplomatic victory in the worldwide community.

As the deadline looms for Trump to sign the waiver for the JCPOA, which caps Iran's nuclear enrichment capability in exchange for economic sanctions relief, Tehran is still warning the U.S. against pulling out.

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