Iran’s Zarif on JCPOA: EU States Should Exert Sovereignty Rather Than Bow to US Bullying


On Tuesday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi reiterated that Tehran is not seeking to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has urged European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal to “exert sovereignty rather than bow to US bullying.”

The statement comes after Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi confirmed on Tuesday that Tehran is not seeking to abandon the Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Speaking during a meeting with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Araghchi added that Tehran is ready to come back to abiding by the commitments stipulated by the JCPOA  provided that the sanctions regime against Iran is lifted.

He noted that there would be no new deal before “compliance with the current one.”

Tehran Blames JCPOA European Signatories for Failing to Preserve Iran Deal

Since May, Iran has been discontinuing its obligations under the JCPOA every 60 days in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal and the pressure of renewed sanctions.

While European signatories claim that they remain committed to the deal, Tehran says that following the United States’ exit, European signatories failed to ensure Iran’s interests under the agreement.

Washington abandoned the Iran deal on 8 May, 2018, also reimposing tough sanctions against Iran’s banking and energy sectors. Exactly a year later, Tehran announced that it had suspended some of its obligations under the JCPOA, while adding that it doesn’t want to leave the deal.

Other parties to the agreement attempted to find a mechanism to evade the restrictions to keep the deal alive, with Iran complaining that these efforts weren’t working effectively.

The JCPOA agreement was signed in 2015 in Vienna, obliging Tehran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related international sanctions.


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