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Rouhani further threatened to resume enriching uranium beyond the level necessary for civilian nuclear power and resume construction on the Arak nuclear facility, shut down as part of the nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani outlined the terms of a partial withdrawal Wednesday.

The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal in May 2018 and the ensuing sanctions imposed on Tehran halted promised worldwide business deals and dealt a heavy blow to Iran's troubled economy.

Over the weekend, after the USA decision to clamp down on all Iranian oil exports and close some nuclear technology loopholes, the European Union, France, Germany, and Britain vowed to keep working to deliver some of the accord's promised economic benefits for Iran.

"For the Europeans, the Chinese and Russians, the nuclear deal has been a priority but it has not been in the top three priorities".

But Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif regularly saw his counterpart in the Obama administration, then secretary of state John Kerry, and recently dangled the prospect of a prisoner swap with the United States.

Europe has made efforts to salvage the agreement with the European Union creating a trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions, despite the Trump administration warning it not to do so. He did not elaborate. Rouhani did not say how far Iran would be willing to enrich, although the head of its nuclear program again reiterated Iran could reach 20% enrichment within four days. Such reactors produce plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons.

"The Iran deal closed off Iran's paths to a nuclear weapon", said Parsi. World powers have "a narrowing window to reverse this".

"This morning, on my way here, I heard that Iran intends to pursue its nuclear programme", Netanyahu said in a speech marking Israel's Memorial Day.

"The Iranian people and the world should know that today is not the end of the JCPOA", he said, using the acronym for the nuclear deal.

In a statement on Sunday, Bolton, who has spearheaded an increasingly hawkish U.S. policy on Iran, said the decision, which could exacerbate problems between the two countries, was meant to send a "clear and unmistakable message" of USA resolve to Tehran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with UK' foreign secretary said Iran is blackmailing Europe by its recent move concerning JCPOA.

The announcement comes after national security adviser John Bolton announced Sunday night that the USA dispatched a carrier strike group to the Middle East in response to "specific and credible" reports that suggested Iranian and proxy forces were preparing to attack US forces in the region.

The enemies, including the American hardliners, Zionists, and the reactionaries in the region, were opposed to the global deal since the very moment it was reached, he added.

Mark Dubowitz, CEO of Foundation for Defense of Democracies, stated, "The regime in Iran remains committed to nuclear weapons capability".

The U.S. withdrew from the deal after Trump campaigned on a pledge to tear up the document. He said the accord should also have restrained Iran's ballistic missile program and curbed what his administration considers Tehran's malign activities in the region. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. After the U.S. withdrew from the accord it restored crippling sanctions on Iran, exacerbating a severe economic crisis.

"According to the Article 36, under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism, if Iran believed that any or all of the E3/EU+3 were not meeting their commitments under this JCPOA, the country could refer the issue to the Joint Commission for resolution". Iran has been sending the excess to Oman.