EU unready to pay price for nuclear deal diplomatic success: Iran envoy
Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Kazem Gharib Abadi said following the US unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the European partners were unable in maintaining the inherent balance in the deal.
Iran Press/ Iran news: "It is quite obvious that adopting such an approach and ignoring the facts on the ground indicates that they are not ready to pay the necessary price for the sake of maintaining the most significant achievement of diplomacy and the cornerstone of nonproliferation architecture, as they say," he said criticizing the European Union's approach on Iran's cessation of implementation of parts of its commitments and for neglecting the negative US role in Iran's decision.
He made the remarks in a statement on Thursday before the IAEA Board of Governors which met on Verification and Monitoring of Iran in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 passed in 2015.
"Iran has shown its goodwill by implementing all its commitments under the deal wholeheartedly, … However, if it is to be the only, and I stress, the only participant who bears the burden and implements the deal unilaterally, such a lopsided implementation, naturally, would not last long, and gradual cessation of implementation of commitments would be the first step for Iran to take to bring back the lost balance in the deal."
The envoy ruled out allegations that Iran's resumption of nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes risks proliferation and said such claims will not stop Iran from pursuing its legitimate rights.
He also rejected statements by the US representative to the IAEA on Washington's readiness to negotiate with Iran as a political gesture to shoulder off its responsibilities for noncompliance with its international obligations.
"If the US is serious about entering into negotiations, it should, first, remove all re-imposed sanctions, so that the ground would be leveled. Only then, negotiations could be followed under the framework of the JCPOA Joint Commission."
"Continuation of the imposition of sanctions and other unilateral coercive measures are not consistent and coherent with their claims for negotiations," said Gharib Abadi.