Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif defended the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) nuclear deal on Wednesday (January 15), saying it was still “alive”, after Britain, France and Germany formally accused Iran of violating the terms of the 2015 agreement a day earlier.
In its biggest step away from the agreement yet, Iran announced on Jan. 5 it would abandon all limitations on enriching uranium set down in the pact.
Britain, France and Germany reacted by activating a dispute mechanism in the deal on Tuesday (January 14), which eventually could lead to the reimposing of U.N. sanctions.
Iran denies any intent to acquire nuclear weapons and says its breaches of the deal would be reversed if Washington lifts sanctions.
(Production: Robert Esparza, George Sargent)