News ID: 200694
Published: 0223 GMT September 16, 2017

Rouhani urges EU to press US to abide by JCPOA

Rouhani urges EU to press US to abide by JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the European Union to remain fully committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and compel the US to live up to its commitments under the nuclear agreement by sending a “decisive message.”

“We expect the European Union, firstly, to carry out the JCPOA deal completely and, secondly, to press the US to honor its commitments under the deal,” President Rouhani said on Saturday, stressing that Washington should be given a strong message.

He made the comments in a meeting with President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Siegfried Bracke in Tehran, Tasnim News Agency reported.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency reports, Iran has fully honored its commitments under the JCPOA, the nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers (the US, Britain, France Russia, China and Germany), the president added, saying that all other parties to the deal should also fulfill their undertakings.

Rouhani referred to the IAEA as the only entity that is authorized to verify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, in an apparent reaction to the US president who has repeatedly accused Iran of violating the spirit of the JCPOA.

Elsewhere in his comments, President Rouhani voiced his administration’s resolve to broaden ties with the EU, hoping that friendly countries, including Belgium, would participate more actively in the economic and trade interaction with Iran.

Bracke said Belgium is determined to expand relations with Iran.

Highlighting the significance that Belgium and the EU attach to the JCPOA, the Belgian official said the European Union would do its utmost to fulfill the JCPOA undertakings.

Under the agreement signed in 2015 and implemented in 2016, certain limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

In all of its reports after the JCPOA came into force, the IAEA has verified Iran’s compliance with the nuclear accord.


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