Zarif: Europe not in a position to impose conditions on Iran
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Thursday that the Europeans did not abrogate the JCPOA, but they failed to do their part under the deal, and they are not in a position to impose conditions on Iran.
Iran Press/Iran news: In an exclusive interview with Russia Today Arabic, he added that Europeans’ commitments included ensuring purchase of Iran's oil and maintaining banking relations with Iran, all of which have been mentioned in EU’s May 2018 statement.
Asked whether Europeans’ request for Iran to join the FATF and talks on its ballistic missiles is a pressure leverage against Tehran, and whether this is a condition imposed on the country, Zarif said the Europeans should, first of all, fulfil their commitments under the JCPOA and that they are not in a position to impose conditions on Iran.
Zarif said Iran remains committed to the nuclear deal and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran’s commitment to the deal on multiple occasions, and everyone knows it was the United States which withdrew from the JCPOA.
Europeans have many commitments toward Iran and they should fulfil them, Zarif said.
Commenting on FATF, Zarif said the Iranian parliament (Majlis) approves new legislation according to the framework of its own local regulations. Iran is a victim of terrorism and it combats money laundering based on laws drawn up and approved by the Majlis.
Placing Iran on FATF blacklist was a mistake from the very beginning, Zarif reiterated.
Elsewhere in his interview, Zarif said Iran’s missiles are for defensive purposes and are used only against terrorist groups, while EU and US-made weapons have targeted the peoples of Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza.
Zarif said if the EU wants to impose FATF and talks regarding missiles on Tehran, it is irrelevant to JCPOA and Iran has many options available.
If the other party does not want to honor its commitments under the deal (JCPOA), Iran will have many options at hand. Quitting the nuclear deal (JCPOA) will be one of them. 103