Liz Truss hands Iran last chance to respond – will not be allowed to b…
Liz Truss: Iran’s last chance to agree to the JCPOA terms
The G7 summit will see leaders from the UK, France, Italy, the US, Canada, Germany and Japan and the EU, descend on Liverpool, and will be hosted by Foreign Minister Lizz Truss. The meeting in Liverpool is a chance for the G7 to prove its relevance in a fast-changing world.
During the summit, the leaders will discuss the current Iran nuclear talks, which took a bad turn in Vienna.
Now, Ms Truss has given Tehran one last time to agree to the deal and vowed Tehran will not be allowed to build nuclear weapons.
She said: “This is the last chance for Iran to come to the negotiating table with a serious resolution to this issue which has to be agreeing the terms of the JCPOA.
“This is the last chance and it is vital that they do so.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Image: G7)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (Image: Getty)
“We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and it is vital that they come to the table and are serious about the negotiations.”
Iran initially reached a compromise with six powers: Russia, the US, the UK, France, China and Germany.
The deal limited Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
However, Tehran’s new administration increased its levels of uranium enrichment and tabled proposals that US officials called “not serious”, undoing all the progress made in the past round of talks.
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US President Joe Biden (Image: Getty)
Under the Donald Trump administration, the US withdrew from the JCPOA agreement in 2018 and placed crippling sanctions on Iran.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have reached boiling point over recent months.
Washington sought an extension of a United Nations (UN) arms embargo against Tehran.
The nuclear deal had restricted Iran’s nuclear weapons capability in return for sanctions relief.
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US President Joe Biden has been blasted for “putting Iran on the path to nuclear weapons” by a retired US general.
Former General Jack Keane told Fox News Business: “Yeah, I average, we are playing such a ineffective hand going into these negotiations.
“I average, just think about it when, when we changed administrations, we had Iran on their heels.
“We had devastating maximum pressure, sanctions on them.
Former US President Donald Trump (Image: Getty)
“Their economy was clearly in a tank.”
Analysts feared Washington and Tehran were on the brink of war in January 2020 after US forces killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a missile strike in Iraq.
General Soleimani’s convoy was hit by three US missiles.
Days after the attack, Tehran retaliated and launched a series of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Image: Getty)
Earlier this month, Iranian international affairs expert, Mostafa Khoshcheshm, warned that Iran has increased its missiles’ range to 4000km to be used for leverage.
Mr Khoshcheshm said that the Middle Eastern country also has military, regional and missile measures of leverage.
Last month, the UK and Israel declared they will work “night and day” to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon as they signed a “historic” ten-year plan to build strong ties.
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