UK, Germany and France condemn Iran’s decision to curb nuclear inspections

UK, Germany and France condemn Iran’s decision to curb nuclear inspections

The UK, France and Germany have condemned Iran’s "dangerous" decision to restrict international inspections of its nuclear facilities.

The three European signatories to Iran’s nuclear deal said it was "further violation" of the accord by Tehran.

The joint statement from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and his French and German counterparts said the three countries – the E3 – "deeply regret that Iran has started, as of today, to suspend the additional protocol and the transparency measures under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran’s actions are a further violation of its commitments under the JCPOA and significantly reduces safeguards oversight by the IAEA. The E3 are united in underlining the dangerous nature of this decision."

It will "significantly constrain" the IAEA’s access to sites and the watchdog’s ability to monitor Iran’s activities, Yahoo cited the report as saying.

The joint statement by the three European nations said: "We urge Iran to stop and reverse all measures that reduce transparency and to ensure full and timely cooperation with the IAEA. Our objective remains to preserve the JCPOA and to support ongoing diplomatic efforts for a negotiated solution allowing for the return of Iran and the US to full compliance with their JCPOA commitments."

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