By Staff, Agencies Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic gives a response to the United States’ policy of pursuing “economic terrorism” and “blackmail” in a way quite opposite of what US President Donald Trump was led to believe. Zarif made the remarks in a tweet on Tuesday after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country will start injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at the Fordow enrichment facility on Wednesday, in the fourth step Tehran is taking away from the multinational nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], in response to the United States' withdrawal.
In a speech broadcast live on TV, Rouhani said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran [AEOI] will be ordered to begin the gas injection process at the Fordow nuclear facility — where 1,044 centrifuges are installed — under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA].
In his tweet, Zarif emphasized that the country's latest decision to take the fourth step in scaling back its commitments under the agreement has been foreseen in the JCPOA "Our 4th step to suspend a #JCPOA provision is foreseen in Para 36 as remedy to US+E3 violations," Zarif said.
He advised the European Union and the three European signatories to the nuclear deal -- Britain, France and Germany -- to abide by their obligations as an easy solution, saying Iran will "reverse course" in that case