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EU strongly urges Iran to stop nuclear enrichment

first_imgBrussels: The European Union said Monday it was “extremely concerned” by Iranian plans to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal, calling on Tehran to reverse course. Iran said Sunday it would breach the cap “in a few hours” and on Monday announced it had passed 4.5 per cent enrichment — well above the 3.7 per cent limit. It first announced its intention to reduce compliance with the deal in May, a year after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the pact and reimposed crippling sanctions. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We strongly urge Iran to stop and reverse all activities that are inconsistent with the commitments made under the JCPOA,” EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters. The JCPOA or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action gave Iran relief from punishing sanctions in return for setting strict limits on its nuclear activities. The remaining signatories — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — say the deal is the best way to stop Iran developing atomic weapons. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”We are extremely concerned by the announcement made over the weekend by Iran regarding the start of the uranium enrichment above the limit of 3.7 per cent,” Kocijancic said. The EU will await a report from the UN’s atomic energy authority and consult other signatories to the deal before deciding on future steps, Kocijancic said. Britain, France and Germany have sought to save the deal by creating special mechanism called INSTEX to sidestep US sanctions so Iran can keep trading. But the mechanism is still not operational six months after its launch and Tehran has grown increasingly frustrated at Europe’s failure to act effectively. Brussels officials see the latest announcements from Iran as a bid to pressure the West into doing more to help. “The situation is extremely difficult for them domestically — they are running out of humanitarian supplies,” an EU source told AFP. “They want to preserve the agreement, but they want the benefits they were promised.” The steps Iran has taken so far — increasing enrichment and breaching a limit on uranium reserves — can be reversed, the source said. However, if Iran went above five percent enrichment, the situation would be more serious, officials warn. Meanwhile, Iran says the last chance for saving its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will pass after a 60-day deadline.last_img read more

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Motor Codes generates revenue boost for independent garages

Motor Codes, the Trading Standards Institute-approved garage scheme, generates an additional £6 million of revenue each year for independent garages, based on data recorded in the first half of 2013.The code’s business generation figures, which are calculated by monitoring the calls made by visitors to its garage profile pages, show that servicing revenue equates to approximately £3,000 per garage per year.Unipart Automotive, the largest independent group subscriber, was found to be the largest beneficiary, with more than £1 million of its revenue attributable to Motor Codes referrals in the first half of 2013.With 580 garages, Unipart Car Care Centres make up 7.5% of Motor Codes subscribers and receives 10% of all calls Motor Codes generates.Stuart Sims, Unipart general manager – marketing, planning and promotions, said, “Unipart recognises the importance of online ratings and was an early user of the Motor Codes system, directing customers to rate their service via motorcodes.co.uk. There are over 11,500 customer returns for Unipart Car Care Centres and the overall satisfaction rating is a staggering 99%. This is powerful marketing when you consider that potential customers searching the Motor Codes garage finder may be undecided about where to take their car.”On average, during January to June, Car Care Centres received around 900 calls via the Motor Codes garage finder, equating to servicing revenue of around £3,500 per garage per year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more