Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi Sunday urged the European Union to take action a day before the return of new US sanctions against the country following Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
Takht-Ravanchi told Tasnim that the European parties to the nuclear deal need to take outright measures immediately as part of their proposed package for securing Iran’s economic interests if they are really willing to make up for the US pullout.
Given that the US Treasury Department is going to restore sanctions on a number of key Iranian sectors and activities on August 6, Takht Ravanchi said any compensatory measure by Europe must take place before the looming US sanctions in a clear manner, because any European action will be totally useless once the US sanctions come into force and the customers refrain from buying Iran’s oil.
The European parties to the deal have been reminded that their efforts after coming into force of the US sanctions and any initiative for fresh negotiations with Iran will be pointless, he added.
The Iranian diplomat, who was involved in more than two years of nuclear talks with world powers, stressed that Europe’s failure to neutralize the August 6 sanctions on Iran will be tantamount to “negotiations for negotiations.”
“We would not hold negotiations for (another round of) negotiations, not with Europeans and not with any other side. We want our negotiations to be purposeful and fruitful,” he added.
The deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – envisaged the removal of certain economic sanctions against in return for certain restrictions on Iran’s nuclear energy program. However, US President Donald Trump announced in May that he would pull America out of the JCPOA. He also said he would re-impose the sanctions that the deal had lifted.
This provoked the disagreement of other signatories to the JCPOA with certain other countries including India and Turkey announcing that they would not implement the US sanctions against Iran.
The first wave of sanctions – to strike on Monday – would include a universal ban on Iran’s access to the US dollar as well as prohibitions against the country’s trade in gold and other precious metals among other restrictions.
The second wave of sanctions that would hit in early November would be meant to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, as US officials have already acknowledged, but Iran’s major partners have rejected the US request for cutting their imports from Iran.
Press TV contributed to this story.