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Iran: Tehran Takes Another Hit at What Remains of the Nuclear Deal

Sep 6, 2019 | 17:51 GMT

Iran is moving forward, as promised, with its third phase of pulling back from commitments made under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to limit the development of its nuclear energy program. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that starting Sept. 6, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran would suspend all the JCPOA limits related to research and development and the testing of centrifuges. The JCPOA rollbacks Iran has so far announced this year, including this latest move, are all reversible. And indeed, Iran announced that any actions regarding centrifuges would still be monitored by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog -- signaling that Tehran still plans to remain in the deal (for now). However, any reductions to Iran's JCPOA commitments are nonetheless significant, as each one accelerates the country's timeline to develop a nuclear weapon. ...

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