On 12 February, the European members (E3) of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) released a joint statement condemning Tehran’s breach of the nuclear deal by beginning the production of uranium metal, which it justifies by saying it is produced to make fuel for a research reactor.
In the joint statement, Iran was condemned by France, Germany, and the UK, all of which urged Tehran to immediately halt its uranium activities and refrain from making any new moves breaching the nuclear agreement. The statement adds that Iran’s uranium metal production is harming the chance to renew diplomatic effort to realize the goals of the JCPOA.
Iran rejected the statement released by the E3 claiming that its actions are in line with paragraph 36 of the deal, which justify its actions as other actors are not meeting their obligations. In this context, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has tweeted about what the E3 states have done to fulfill their duties, while the US has withdrawn from the JCPOA.