News ID: 215054
Published: 0207 GMT May 14, 2018

Iran VP urges Europe to show ‘firm’ response to US JCPOA pullout

Iran VP urges Europe to show ‘firm’ response to US JCPOA pullout

Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri on Monday called on Europe to produce a ‘firm’ and ‘serious’ reaction to the US pullout of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the major world powers.

Jahangiri made the remark in a meeting with visiting Bulgarian Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov whose country has taken over its first presidency of the European Council from January 2018 until June 2018.

Iran’s first vice president said Europe’s reaction could suggest whether countries can follow diplomatic approaches to settle global problems or choose other ways.   

He noted that Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) runs counter to international law. He said the move showed that diplomacy fails to settle global problems.

Citing reports issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Jahangiri said the Islamic Republic has fulfilled all its commitments under the nuclear accord which was endorsed by a UN resolution.

A week ago, President Donald Trump  withdrew the US from the JCPOA signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the US, France, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany — on July 14, 2015.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran. The lifting of anti-Iran sanctions began in January 2016 as part of the deal.

The IAEA has time and again confirmed that Iran is living up to its commitments under the agreement.

Trump’s decision to quit the deal drew strong criticism from other members of the P5+1, particularly the three European signatories to the deal.  This was followed by fresh sanctions introduced by Washington against Tehran. 

Trump had railed against the deal since he began his presidential campaign. He labeled the JCPOA a decaying and rotten deal as he announced his decision to abandon it.

On Monday, Iran’s Parliament speaker said US and Israeli efforts to wreck the nuclear deal will not go unanswered.

Ali Larijani made the remarks during an emergency meeting in Tehran of the Permanent Committee of Palestine by members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries.

Larijani said, "America has entered a crisis of strategic decision-making that looks at the international arena immaturely and adventurously.”

He said Trump is "feeble-minded" and lacks "the power of long-term judgment and perception" about the consequences of the measures that he takes.

"These measures which are in fact the result of the feeble-mindedness of the American politicians are causing tensions in the world and America and the Zionist regime [referring to Israel] should know that they will see the outcome of their actions soon," he said.

Larijani also said, "The Zionist regime and America are the cause of insecurity in the world and are not committed to any obligation."


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