Iran to stop implementation of some of its commitments under nuclear deal

Iran to stop implementation of some of its commitments under nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will deliver a major speech Wednesday and is expected to lay out "counteractions" against the US - including the "resumption of some nuclear activities" as a direct response to President Trump's decision a year ago to exit the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Iran will partially withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal signed with six other nations in 2015, amid heightened pressure from the United States in recent weeks.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif separately will write to the European Union, the agency said.

In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was meant to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force".

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed the U.S. military deployments and stressed that Iran's actions were not in breach of the nuclear deal it signed with major powers.

In response to the U.S. moves, the Iranian parliament also passed a bill blacklisting the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces in West Asia as a "terrorist group", pledging to fight back any provocation by Washington.

But a newspaper tied to the hardline Revolutionary Guard says Wednesday's announcement would "ignite the matchstick for burning the deal". "This surgery is for saving the deal, not destroying it".

But under the Trump administration, the USA exited the deal and revived sanctions, including an embargo against Iran's economically important oil sector. They have tried to find ways to blunt the economic impact of new USA sanctions in the hope of persuading Tehran to continue to abide by it.

Washington has also ended waivers for nations buying Iranian crude oil, a key source of revenue for Tehran.

Ahead of Iran's announcement, France said that some sanctions could be reimposed if the country broke its 2015 obligations.

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The nuclear deal was the flagship policy of Rouhani, who won two landslide elections on promises to end Iran's isolation and open its economy up to the world. He did not elaborate.

He said the details of Iran's withdrawal would be announced in Iran's Supreme National Security Council -a major Iranian body composed of the country's top leaders.

The irresponsible policies of the U.S. government have led to an "unacceptable situation" in which the multilateral pact on Iran's nuclear program may fail, the Russian foreign minister said after Tehran suspended part of the deal.

This comes a day after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton released a statement that a USA carrier battle group would be sent to the region "to send a clear and unmistakable message" that any attack on the United States or its allies would result in a U.S. response. He didn't provide details, but said the US wanted to send a "clear and unmistakable" message to Iran that "unrelenting force" would meet any attack on USA interests or those of its allies. Officials suggest they serve as a check on Iranian ambitions and help ensure that Islamic State fighters do not regroup.

A USA official said on Tuesday that the Trump administration's decision was based in part on intelligence indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles by boat off its shores. On Tuesday, US military officials said the Lincoln would be skipping a planned port call in Croatia to more rapidly reach the Persian Gulf.

The official said it was not clear whether the boats with missiles represented a new military capability that could be used against USA forces or were only being moved to shore locations.

"There is more than one avenue of attack or possible attack that we're tracking", the official said.

Here's where Iran's nuclear program and the unravelling accord now stand.

Currently, the accord limits Iran to enriching uranium to 3.67 per cent, which can fuel a commercial nuclear power plant.

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