European Union’s foreign policy chief on Monday said that Iran’s recent breaches of the nuclear deal were ‘not significant’ and can be reversed.
“We invite Iran to reverse the steps and go back to full compliance,” Federica Mogherini said adding that “We have had unanimity on the need on the one hand to make INSTEX, the instrument we’ve put in place to have legitimate trade with Iran, faster and more operational, but also to continue working for Iran’s return to full compliance with the nuclear deal”
Iran stepped up production of enriched uranium, used to make reactor fuel but also potentially nuclear bombs, in May.
It is responding to sanctions imposed by the US since it withdrew unilaterally from the agreement.
The breaches come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US.
There has been tension with the UK, too, following the UK seizure of an Iranian oil tanker earlier this month suspected of taking oil to Syria in breach of sanctions. Iran denies this.
The long-term nuclear deal involves Iran limiting its nuclear activities in return for the easing of economic sanctions, which have badly hurt its economy.