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Iran’s nuclear rollback ‘legitimate’ response to US hypocrisy: Analyst

Iran's decision to scale back its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was a legitimate and measured response to the United States' hypocrisy in dealing with its own nuclear arsenal and that of the Israeli regime, says a political commentator in New York.

Ian Williams, a senior analyst at Foreign Policy in Focus from New York, made the remark during a Thursday edition of Press TV's The Debate program while commenting on Tehran taking the fourth step in reducing its nuclear obligations by starting to inject UF6 into centrifuges at the Fordow facility.

The fourth step was taken after the expiry of a third deadline for the European Union side of the JCPOA to replace lip service with action and allow Iran to benefit from the deal it has been in full compliance with since 2015.

Iran has every right to pull back from this agreement. The agreement was fairly one-sided and quite generous of Iran to grant it to begin with, [It] was based on a lot of false promises To deny that right is a particular piece of hypocrisy on the part of the United States with its nuclear arsenal, as champion of Israel with its 200 plus nuclear weapons that nobody ever mentions, Williams told Press TV.

The Iranian pressure [to scale back nuclear commitments] is legitimate, understandable and measured so far, he added.

Asked whether the United States, after abandoning the JCPOA last year, was now in a position to force Iran to stay in the landmark accord, Williams said, The US has disarmed itself, it already has the maximum sanctions it can on Iran, it can't increase the sanctions any further, it is not in a position militarily or economically to declare war on Iran They have been involved in disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria; there is no appetite at all in the United States for warfare against Iran.

US President, Donald Trump, has been a stern critic of the nuclear accord, which was clinched by Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany, in 2015. Under the agreement, nuclear-related sanctions against Iran were lifted in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.

Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the deal in May 2018 and unleashed the "toughest ever" sanctions against the Islamic Republic, in defiance of global criticism, in a bid to strangle the Iranian oil trade.

In response to the White House, Tehran has so far drawn back on its nuclear commitments four times while in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, stressing that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.

Frank Emspak, former executive director of Workers Independent News from Madison, was the other panelist invited to The Debate, who expressed support for Iran's move.

The Iranian strategy makes a lot of sense logically and they are absolutely right in terms of this measured response and the fact that the treaty is one-sided now for two or three years, Emspak said.

The fourth step in Iran's commitment reductions was initially announced by President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday.

Rouhani confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday that the gas injection would begin later in the day.

The Islamic Republic has, time and again, stressed that the suspension of its commitments is not a violation of the JCPOA and the European cosignatories Britain, Germany and France have so far failed to uphold their commitments. They have expressed vocal support for the deal, but failed to provide meaningful economic incentives as required under the nuclear agreement.

Tehran, on the other hand, has remained fully compliant with the international agreement, giving time to the remaining co-signatories to fulfill their legal undertakings and protect Iran's economy against the reinstated US sanctions.

Source: Press TV

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