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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei vowed on Tuesday that Iran will continue violating the nuclear deal until European powers meet Tehran’s demands.
The European Union scrambled to portray Iran’s violations to date as insignificant and easily reversed, sending a message that Iran had not crossed any red lines yet.
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“According to our foreign minister, Europe made 11 commitments, none of which they abided by. We abided by our commitments and even beyond them. Now that we’ve begun to reduce our commitments, they oppose it. How insolent! You didn’t abide by your commitments!” Khamenei thundered at the Europeans on Tuesday.
The Iranian leader added a specific threat to the United Kingdom, which enraged Iran by seizing an oil tanker that was violating European sanctions against shipping oil to Syria.
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“Evil Britain commits piracy and steals our ship … and gives it a legal appearance. Iran and those who believe in our system will not leave such evil deeds unanswered,” Khamenei promised.
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini responded to Iran’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric, and growing stockpile of uranium, by insisting none of its breaches of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) constitute “significant noncompliance” and all of them can be easily undone.
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“The deal is not in good health, but it’s still alive. We invite Iran to reverse the steps and go back to full compliance,” Mogherini said on Monday.
“Technically all the steps that have been taken, and that we regret have been taken, are reversible,” she said, indicating that none of the European powers have yet seen a reason to trigger the dispute resolution...
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