Javad Zarif: Iran won't be bullied to renegotiate nuclear deal

Al Jazeera

Iran will not be bullied by the United States into renegotiating the multilateral nuclear deal, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, as another senior diplomat warned US withdrawal from the pact will result in its termination. "Iran stands firm in the face of futile attempts at bullying," Zarif said in a recorded message on Thursday. "If the US continues to violate the agreement, or if it withdraws altogether, we will exercise our right to respond in a manner of our choosing," he said referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He also rejected efforts to renegotiate the deal saying: "We will neither outsource our security, nor will we renegotiate or add on to a deal we have already implemented in good faith." Zarif added only the US "will have to accept responsibility" for the consequences of not honouring its commitment to the deal.

Russia, Serbia Sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

U.S. News

The intergovernmental agreement covers construction and modernization of research nuclear reactors and nuclear medicine development. That it comes so soon after a previous deal, signed by Russia and Serbia in Sochi last year, could signal more concrete steps ahead.

What Is the Iran Nuclear Deal? And Why Does Trump Hate It?

NYT > Middle East

President Trump may announce in the coming days that he will "decertify" Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement reached with six world powers, including the United States. Here are some questions and answers about the nuclear agreement and the possible consequences should Mr. Trump take that step. Which countries negotiated the nuclear agreement with Iran and what did it accomplish? The permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany, known as the P5-plus-1 group, negotiated the agreement with Iran. Disarmament advocates consider it a major achievement of the Obama administration, averting a possible military conflict with Iran and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Washington, New Delhi agree Toshiba U.S. subsidiary will build nuclear plants

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – The United States and India agreed Tuesday on a plan for a U.S. subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. to build six nuclear power plants in India under a bilateral nuclear pact. The agreement, reached by U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, was the first contract under a bilateral civil nuclear pact that took effect in 2008. The agreement involving Westinghouse Electric Co., Toshiba's U.S. nuclear power unit, demonstrated "a shared commitment to meet India's growing energy needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuels," said a joint statement issued after the meeting of the two leaders. The two countries will work toward finalizing the contractual arrangements by June 2017, it said. Obama supported India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which supervises international trade in nuclear technology and related materials, according to the statement.

Japan to offer $2.2 million to Iran for nuclear safety cooperation

The Japan Times

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan has decided to offer Iran around €2.05 million ($2.2 million) for nuclear safety initiatives to help the Middle Eastern state implement its historic nuclear deal with the West. "We agreed that bilateral relations are steadily making progress in a wide range of areas, including on cooperation for the steady implementation of the nuclear agreement," Kishida told a joint news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday after talks with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Zarif said at the outset of the meeting, which was open to the media, that he welcomed Japan's "constructive contribution" that "strongly pushes the implementation" of the nuclear agreement. The move comes amid uncertainty over the agreement's future following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. During the campaign, Trump said that if elected, his "number one priority" as president would be to "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran," which was spearheaded by President Barack Obama.