Nov 30, 2018 09:50 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 20, 2019 21:09 Asia/Tehran]
  • Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi
    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that Iran will not negotiate with the US because it did not keep its' promise in relation to the JCPOA.

Iran pressIran news: "The US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement which the world (international community) supports. Iran will not back off from its' position, and Tehran will not give up any of its rights within the JCPOA,"Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said in an interview  in Algiers. 

Referring to America's withdrawal from the deal, Araghchi said: "Just this single country withdrew from JCPOA and Iran along with EU, China and Russia are still committed to the deal," Iran Press reported.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister added: "EU, China and Russia have promised to compensate Iran for losses incurred as a result of America's withdrawal from JCPOA."

On 13 August, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said: “Europe’s political commitment to secure 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is still strong.”

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Referring to the effects of US sanctions on Iran,  Araghchi said: "The sanctions are not somethings new. It is almost 40 years that Iran has confronted US sanctions, so Tehran knows very well how to bypass sanctions, or find ways around sanctions. In the past 40 years, despite US sanctions, Iran has got stronger."

"US president Donald Trump is following the misguided footsteps of former US presidents, repeating their failed experiences. The former US presidents have all sanctioned Iran, and threatened Iran, but in the end they came to the negotiating table," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister noted.

Araghchi pointedly added: "The US lost its' closest ally in the region 40 years ago. The Shah was America's closest ally in the region and he followed policies which benefited the US. From Iranian people's point of view, the Shah was just a tool in the hands of US officials. Americans have tried to turn the clock back to 40 years ago but they have not succeeded." 

Turning to Europe Araghchi said: "Despite US pressures, EU's efforts for creation of a financial channel to work with Iran have continued. So we think that it is better to give Europeans more time, but this opportunity is not endless."

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister added: "Americans are trying to block EU financial channel with Iran so I cannot talk about the details. The US has already put pressure on the countries that seek to do business with Iran," 

Commenting further Araghchi said: "EU still has not provided Iran with a working operational action plan that can solve challenges regarding Iran-EU relations. Iran will not wait forever and we will definitely take the necessary decisions." 

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"The JCPOA has not just financial benefits for Iran, but it also has political and other benefits for the country, so until we can use the benefits, we will remain in the deal," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister noted.

"We have not yet reached to the point of complete disappointment regarding the JCPOA. It is because of JCPOA that the US became isolated in the world, so it shows that the deal was somehow successful. In fact, the JCPOA has provided international community's support for Iran, so it is very worthy,Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi concluded.

Earlier on November 26, Araghchi who was one of top nuclear negotiators during tough talks on the JCPOA, told a seminar on peaceful nuclear cooperation between Iran and the European Union in Brussels that the JCPOA was an important achievement both to Iran and the EU.

Iran expects European states, the EU in particular, to fulfill their obligations in the wake of the US exit from the multilateral international accord which is part of the UN Security Council resolution 2231.

May 8 was when the US unilaterally withdrew from a multilateral deal with Iran and imposed previous as well as new sanctions on the country.

US president Donald Trump’s decision to scrap the nuclear deal was sharply criticized by other signatories of the deal, who have pledged to uphold their side of the agreement. 101/201

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