What happens if Iran pulls out of the nuclear deal?

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announced that Tehran would not be carrying out "some [of its] voluntary commitments" to the JCPOA, as the European Union and other states had failed to resist pressure from the USA, who pulled out of the accord a year ago and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

"Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct", Mr. Trump said in a statement announcing the new sanctions.

Rouhani also threatened that in 60 days Iran would resume enrichment of uranium beyond the low purity - suitable for civilian nuclear power generation - allowed under the deal, unless the five other powers signed up to it found a way to protect Iran's oil and banking industries from U.S. sanctions. Pompeo added Iran's decision today was a return to weapons grade enrichment.

It said that after 60 days, it would also stop abiding by limits on the level to which Iran can enrich uranium and modifications to its Arak heavy water reactor that were created to prevent the production of plutonium.

Pompeo was restrained in his own assessment of the letter that Iran sent to the JCPOA group outlining its intentions.

It means ordinary Iranians see no economic benefits from Rouhani's efforts to open the country.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also tweeted "After a year of patience, Iran stops measures that United States has made impossible to continue".

Speaking after talks in Moscow with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Lavrov told reporters the situation around the nuclear deal was making it hard for Tehran to fulfill its obligations according to the JCPOA.

He was referring to the hardest-hitting parts of United States sanctions against Iran following America's pull-out from the JCPOA. Western governments had long feared Iran's atomic program could allow it to build nuclear weapons.

Under terms of the deal, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of low-enriched uranium.

Many worldwide corporations are reluctant to risk running afoul of Washington and have severed ties with Iran; a complicated barter-type system set up by the Europeans to allow their businesses to skirt direct financial transactions with Iran - and thus evade possible U.S. sanctions - is not yet finalized.

He said it was crucial that Iran be allowed to export its oil, something Washington is trying to prevent, and that it was essential for the nuclear pact's signatories to hold consultations to ensure the agreement survived. Washington's European allies opposed Trump's decision to pull out.

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The 2015 deal was signed between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.

But they have also warned Iran that it must continue to comply with all aspects of the deal, especially the elements relating to nuclear activity. On Sunday, the administration said it was deploying an aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf in an "unmistakable message" to Iran that it would meet any aggression with "unrelenting force".

On Friday, the Trump administration renewed five of seven sanctions waivers that allow Russian Federation and European nations to conduct civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran but revoked the other two as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran, according to the US State Department.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov went a step further, saying the situation surrounding the fate of the 2015 nuclear accord has been complicated by "irresponsible behavior" from Washington. Such sales, used to keep Iran's own stockpiles below caps under the deal, were already effectively blocked by a USA sanctions move last week.

The enemies, including the American hardliners, Zionists, and the reactionaries in the region, were opposed to the worldwide deal since the very moment it was reached, he added.

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