In a July 1 note sent to member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - and seen by Reuters - Iran said it had officially triggered the nuclear deal's dispute resolution process on May 10, 2018, after the United States withdrew. Under that process, if a party is not happy with attempts to address their complaint they can "treat the unresolved issue as grounds to cease performing its commitments in whole or in part." However, two Western officials with knowledge of the accord, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Iran has never formally triggered the dispute resolution process. Iran also argues that it can reduce in its commitment because, under a separate provision, the agreement said: "Iran has stated that it will treat such a re-introduction or re-imposition of the sanctions ... or such an imposition of new nuclear-related sanctions, as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part." The dispute resolution process could take up to 65 days to play out unless extended by consensus. The following explains how the process works.
PICTURED: President Donald Trump displays a presidential memorandum after announcing his intent to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, May 8, 2018.