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Iran Under Pressure on JCPOA Violations from EU3

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15 Jan 2020
Iran Under Pressure on JCPOA Violations from EU3
The governments of Germany, Britain, and France, the so-called EU3, announced on Tuesday afternoon that they are triggering a dispute mechanism in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal because of Iran’s non-compliance with key components of the agreement. Officials in Teheran were quick to declare the move a “strategic mistake” and re-iterated their demands that the EU3 facilitate Iranian attempts to bypass US economic sanctions in return for the clerical regime’s consideration of the idea of coming back into compliance with the JCPOA. Also on Tuesday, it emerged that Iran has threatened to fire missiles at NATO ally Greece if it continues to allow the US military to use its territory.

The naked aggression of Iran against Greece was reported on Monday by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, in a report which said in part that Iran’s “warning came in a letter sent by the Iranian embassy in Athens to Kathimerini, which was published on January 10 in the column Readers’ Letters. The letter contained an implicit threat to hit Greek military facilities used by US forces in the event of a confrontation.

Without making reference to the threat to its NATO ally, the joint statement by the EU3 focused on the nuclear issue, saying "Following Iran's announcement in May 2019 that it would cease meeting some of its commitments under the JCPOA, we have sought to persuade Iran to change course,. We do not accept the argument that Iran is entitled to reduce compliance with the JCPOA. Contrary to its statements, Iran has never triggered the JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism and has no legal grounds to cease implementing the provisions of the agreement."

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that “Our goal is clear. We want to preserve the accord and reach a diplomatic solution within the deal."

However, Iran’s response to the statement came in the form of a report by Stat-run news agencies on the subterranean “missile cities” the regime has built in several regions of the country, complete with images of underground silos bristling with short, medium and long range missiles and solid fuel rockets.

Elsewhere, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a statement on Tuesday derisively dismissing the idea for a “Trump deal” to replace the rapidly disintegrating JCPOA. His statement also included harsh words for the EU3 move.

Here is a video showing recent anti-regime protests in Iran

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Officials with the Assad regime in Damascus announced on Wednesday morning their condemnation of an air strike on the T-4 military airbase in Syria’s Homs province in western Syria the previous evening which reportedly killed three members of a pro-Iranian militia, wounded many more and destroyed a cache of stockpiled munitions as well as several military vehicles and a partially constructed building at the site. The strikes came just a few hours after two large military cargo aircraft which had taken off hours earlier from Iran landed at the site and began to offload their contents. Israeli officials declined comment on the report, in line with standard procedure.

Fresh Riots Break Out in Lebanon
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Israel Blesses the World
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