Europe ready to reimpose sanctions if Iran breaches nuclear deal: official

European and Iranian officials take part in a Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ministerial meeting on the Iran nuclear deal. (File photo: AFP)

Europe would have to reimpose sanctions on Iran if Tehran reneged on parts of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a French presidency source said on Tuesday.

Iran’s state-run IRIB news agency reported on Monday that Tehran would restart part of its halted nuclear program in response to the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, but added Tehran does not plan to pull out of the agreement. Iran’s president is due to speak on Wednesday.

“We do not want Tehran to announce tomorrow actions that would violate the nuclear agreement, because in this case we Europeans would be obliged to reimpose sanctions as per the terms of the agreement,” the source said. “We don’t want that and we hope that the Iranians will not make this decision.”

“On Wednesday, Iran will announce its decision to diminish its commitments to the (nuclear deal) ... after the unilateral US withdrawal,” the state news agency IRNA said, adding that the Foreign Ministry will inform the envoys of Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain and that Rouhani will send a letter.

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