UK foreign secretary threatens Iran with more sanctions

TEHRAN, Oct. 26 (MNA) – The UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has threatened Tehran with more sanctions if Tehran fails to resume the nuclear talks ‘meaningfully’.

According to UK media on Tuesday, Truss warned Iran to ‘meaningfully’ engage in nuclear deal talks or face action. 

She threatened Tehran that “all options are on the table” if it fails to “meaningfully” engage in talks over its nuclear program.

The foreign secretary raised the prospect of further sanctions.

This is the second time that the UK foreign secretary threatens Iran with more sanctions while her country has sided with Washington in violating the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) after the US withdrawal in May 2018.

Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA known as the P4+1 held six rounds of talks so far with no results earlier this year between March and June. The Western powers made excessive demands during the talks and the talks were postponed at the end of the previous Iranian administration under Rouhani until the formation of the new government in Iran under President Ebrahim Raeisi.

The new Iranian administration has vowed that it will return to the Vienna talks if they are result-oriented and can yield tangible results for Iran in terms of the removal of the sanctions and abidance of the parties by the JCPOA provisions.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday that the nuclear talks with P4+1 will resume soon.

In the latest development with regards to the talks, it was also announced yesterday that deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani will hold a meeting with the EU's Enrique Mora in Brussels on Wednesday. Tehran has also said that the Brussels talks between Iran and the EU need to take place before the Vienna talks with P4+1.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on October 5 that Iran will return to Vienna as soon as the internal review process is concluded with no preconditions. 

Amid the indifference of the JCPOA parties to continued US violations of the JCPOA, Iran halted voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, which allows unannounced inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA inspectors as per a piece of legislation approved in the Iranian parliament last December.

Iran has also increased the level of uranium enrichment beyond the level allowed under the JCPOA in accordance with the accord.


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