Rouhani orders nuke fuel production after JCPOA "breach" (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) to start certain nuclear activities, Iran's state TV IRINN reported Dec. 13.
In a letter to Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the AEOI, Rouhani ordered the organization to plan for manufacturing of nuclear marine propulsion and fuel for it.
The president explained the move as an answer to US "breach" of a nuclear deal, initially signed by Iran and the world's major powers.
The US lawmakers have recently re-authorized the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which was first introduced in 1996 to punish investments in Iran's energy industry based on accusations that Tehran was pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
While Barack Obama is expected to approve the legislation on the renewal of sanctions against Iran for the next 10 years, Iranian leaders including Rouhani have sharply criticized the motion describing it as a breach of the last year’s landmark nuclear deal.
Rouhani has also ordered Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to follow up implementation of predicted mechanisms in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) to address violations cases.
Iranian president has given Zarif one month to submit a report on the issue, meanwhile Salehi will have three months to submit a scheduled plan on implementation of Rouhani’s decree.