Relations between Iran and the United States have deteriorated sharply under the Trump administration, which has imposed sanctions on the Iranians since the president`s renunciation of the nuclear deal on May 8, 2018. Iran will immediately abide by its entire nuclear deal after the new Joe Biden administration in the United States proved its Bona Fides by lifting all sanctions, the country`s foreign minister said. “Iran is in the process of reducing its compliance with the J.C.P.O.A., but is not formally withdrawing,” said Cliff Kupchan, chairman of Eurasia Group, a risk policy adviser. “It`s a distinction with a big difference.” Iran strongly hinted on Monday that it was on the verge of reducing compliance with the pioneering 2015 nuclear deal due to sanctions imposed again by President Trump by rejecting the Obama-era deal. According to the IAEA report, Iran`s heavy water stockpile rose from 124.8 tons in February to 125.2 tons on May 26. It is still below the 130-tonne limit. Its stockpile of low-enriched uranium was 174.1 kilograms on May 20, up from 163.8 kilograms in February, the IAEA found. The limit value set in the JCPOA is 202.8 kilograms. He added that Iran had not enriched uranium beyond the level allowed by the JCPOA. “All centrifuges and associated storage infrastructure have remained under constant surveillance by the authorities,” the IAEA said. Trump withdrew last year from the deal, which he criticized for not mentioning the Islamic Republic`s nuclear and missile program or its actions in regional hotbeds of crisis, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the wars in Syria and Yemen. In recent weeks, tensions have escalated in and around the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil-led sea route at the mouth of the Persian Gulf that Iran is threatening to block. Earlier this month, Washington announced sending an aircraft carrier battle group and bomber task force to the Gulf to counter what the U.S.
has called “clear indications” of threats from Iran to U.S. interests or its allies in the region. During the operation, attacks were carried out on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. On Wednesday, Iran`s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei questioned the EU countries` ability to salvate the deal, saying Tehran could abandon it. The deal between Iran and the major powers has been on the verge of collapse since outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump stepped down in 2018 and again imposed criling unilateral sanctions. .