Jan 13, 2019 07:06 Asia/Tehran
  • Ghassemi: Iran still committed to JCPOA

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi has categorically rejected rumours of Tehran's alleged exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying such rumours are totally untrue and Tehran remains committed to the nuclear deal.

Iran Press/Iran news: He made the statements in reaction to recent media hype that the Islamic Republic has quit the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in July 2015.

Ghassemi strongly rejected rumours of any exit from JCPOA, saying that these rumours are aimed at ensuring the profiteers’ interests and causing confusion among the public, Iran Press reported.

Since the Iranian people always keep vigilant, such rumours will get nowhere, he said, noting that the only authority qualified to make a  decision on JCPOA is the high council for oversight of JCPOA.

On November 21, Bahram Ghassemi emphasized that the Europeans first came up with the idea of an independent financial mechanism, known as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), for doing business with Iran.

According to Iran Press, Ghassemi added: "Clearly the Europeans don't want Iran to withdraw from the JCPOA. We had hoped that by now, the independent financial mechanism (SPV) would be fully operational, but this hasn't happened principally because US pressure on Europe, particularly on European companies, European banks and financial institutions, has created some problems for the Europeans."

Earlier on Jan 6, Mohammad-Javad Koulivand, an MP and Head of Internal Affairs Commission of the Majlis, in an exclusive interview with Iran Press said: America's withdrawal from the JCPOA proves that this deal is beneficial to Iran.

Koulivand added: "JCPOA took us to a higher level, and enabled us to take better decisions. Even though the JCPOA did not solve all of our problems, it did resolve a significant number of difficulties which we were facing. For example, it resolved various problems connected with shipping insurance, we managed to increase our oil exports from a low of 700000 barrels per day (before JCPOA) to 2.4 million barrels per day (after JCPOA was signed). It also resolved difficulties with regards to import and export of natural gas condensates. And major foreign businesses became more active in the Iranian market." 

Despite US President Donald Trump's hostile policy towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on October 6, that the EU should remain strong on its' commitment to the historic Iran nuclear deal.

On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the 5+1 Group (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the US exit from JCPOA, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord. 103 / 211


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