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Iran Nuclear Deal's Days May Be Numbered

Iran warns of 'strong response' amid heightened tensions
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2020 11:00 AM CST
In this photo, technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, Iran, on Dec. 23, 2019.   (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP)

(Newser) – The 2015 Iran nuclear deal could be dead in its tracks with three signatories rejecting Iran's argument that it was able to lift restrictions on enriched uranium production owing to US sanctions. Britain, France, and Germany said Tuesday that they were triggering the "dispute mechanism" within the agreement, which allows for a two-week resolution period, with possible extensions, per the AP. Warning of a "serious and strong response," Iran's foreign ministry said it was willing to work toward preserving the deal, but its days might still be numbered. More:

  • Violations: Iran has been rolling back its commitments since the US withdrew from the agreement and reinstated all sanctions against Iran in 2018. But the US assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani was a tipping point, with Iran afterward saying it would no longer abide by limits set on how many centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium. It did note the "remedial step" could be reversed, per the AP.

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