Top Iranian official: EU has not met nuclear deal obligations

Top Iranian official: EU has not met nuclear deal obligations
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A top Iranian official said Sunday that European countries who are part of the 2015 nuclear deal have not met their obligations, one day after Tehran said it had breached part of the pact. 

“Unfortunately the European parties have failed to fulfill their commitments ... The deal is not a one-way street and Iran will act accordingly as we have done so far by gradually downgrading our commitments,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, director of Iran’s nuclear energy agency, according to Reuters

“Iran will continue to reduce its nuclear commitments as long as the other parties fail to carry out their commitments,” Salehi added. 

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The U.K., France and Germany have attempted to launch a trade mechanism with Iran to shield the country from U.S. sanctions, but have not been successful, according to the wire service. Iran last week gave the countries a 60-day deadline. 

The nuclear chief's comments followed a meeting with Cornel Feruta, the acting head of the United Nations's nuclear monitor.

Iran announced Saturday that had started to use advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium in violation of the nuclear accord. The country previously exceeded a cap placed on its nuclear enrichment. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE last year pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal has has placed sanctions on various Iranian industries.