The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has declared that the remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, widely known as the Iran nuclear deal, have not detected any significant non-compliance by Tehran and will not at this time enforce the accord’s dispute mechanism that could lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Earlier in July, Iran violated the accord by enriching uranium to 4.5% fissile purity, well above the 3.67% limit set by the 2015 deal, and exceeding limits on its stock of low-enriched uranium, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, but the breach is not seen by the European signatories, as well as Russia or China, as enough to trigger the mechanism.

“For the time being, none of the parties to the agreement has signalled their intention to invoke this article,” said Mogherini after the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. “None of them, for the time being, and with the current data that we have from the IAEA indicate that the non-compliance is considered to be significant.”


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