News ID: 234504
Published: 0253 GMT November 19, 2018

Iran remains hopeful that Europe can salvage nuclear deal

Iran remains hopeful that Europe can salvage nuclear deal

Iran is still hopeful that Europe can save a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers despite the withdrawal of the United States, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

“There are some ambiguities on the implementation of EU’s [financial] mechanism to protect trade with Iran from America’s sanctions ... But we remain hopeful that the Europeans can save the deal,” Qassemi told a weekly news conference, Reuters reported.

Other signatories of the deal have been trying to salvage it since May, when US President Donald Trump abandoned the accord. The United States also restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and transportation sectors earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that Iran will not give in to sanctions, warning Europe to accelerate efforts to provide Iran with the promised financial mechanism to save the JCPOA.

“Nobody in Iran is going to give in to the sanctions. We will find our way, as we have done in the past,” Araqchi said on Monday morning in a conference dubbed ‘Regional Developments and the International System’ at Allameh Tabatabee University in Tehran, Mehr News Agency reported.

“If Europeans give in [to US pressures] they will call into question their sovereignty, credibility and security,” Araqchi noted, adding, “If Europe thinks that the West Asia region is safe without the JCPOA, it can wait and see.”

“Our region is struggling with a set of problems. Can Europe tolerate a new wave of terrorism and migration and reemergence of the nuclear crisis?” the Iranian deputy foreign minister further warned, noting, “There is no doubt that Europe will lose more than the US if the JCPOA fails.”

“If Europe cares about its credibility and sovereignty it has to be ready to pay the price” he underlined.

Araqchi said, “Whether Europe does not want to work with us and is playing with us, or it wants to, but cannot, it does not make any difference to us. The result would be that the Europeans either did not want, or were unable to do anything. But as long as staying in the JCPOA benefits our country, we will remain in it, and if it does not benefit us, staying in it will be futile.”

“If we have stayed so far, it is because it has benefited us both politically and economically,” he said. “For the moment, the situation is in favor of us, but this certainly it cannot continue like this forever; the Europeans must know that this situation cannot continue like this anymore.”



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