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Tehran says fresh nuclear deal breaches ahead if talks fail

Iran says it will firmly adhere to its plan to further reduce compliance to the nuclear deal unless there is a breakthrough in talks with European signatories by Sept. 6.
REFILE - CORRECTING SPELLING OF SURNAME  Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi and Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid attend a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria,  June 28, 2019.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger - RC1A82E0A620

Iran has reminded the European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of its plan to enter a new phase of suspending commitments it has been honoring under the 2015 deal. According to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the "third step" will be taken Sept. 6 unless a new understanding between Tehran and the European sides is achieved.

Details of what Iran has in store for the Europeans in the third phase remain undisclosed. In the two earlier "steps," announced on May 8 and July 7, Iran defied key constraints on its nuclear program by augmenting its uranium stockpile to above 300 kilograms and upgrading enrichment past the 3.67% limit. Tehran says the measures are meant to save the JCPOA and pressure the Europeans into providing the Islamic Republic with the deal's promised economic relief.

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