Iran fully withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal

Highlights:

  • Iran has announced its total withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which is commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
  • The exit of Iran comes after the U.S. targeted strike that killed Iran's Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on 3 January 2020.
  • Iran announced that it will no longer commit to any limits on the level of uranium enrichment, a stockpile of nuclear fuel and also nuclear research and development.
Iran nuclear deal: A fact file
  • Iran agreed to a long-term deal on its nuclear programme with the P5+1 group of world powers in 2015. 
  • The P5+1 countries are the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany.
  • Under the deal, Iran acceded to a 10-year restriction on nuclear production. 
  • As of May 2018, there was a broad consensus that Iran has abided by the agreement.
  • The United States President Donald Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the deal on 8 May 2018.
  • Even after the US's withdrawal, the European Union, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China attempted to maintain the nuclear deal.