Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Friday pointed to the big efforts made in order to finalize the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group, stressing that the US president would “never get a better deal.”
“It took 10yrs of posturing plus two years—literally thousands of hours—of negotiations to hammer out every word of the 150 page JCPOA. You’ll never get a better deal,” Zarif tweeted.
Referring to the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam, Zarif wrote, “President Trump should’ve now realized that pageantries, photo-ops & flip-flops don’t make for serious diplomacy”.
Back in May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and imposed what he called the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran’s banking and energy sectors, with the aim of cutting off the country’s oil sales and crucial exports.
Despite the US withdrawal, Iran has not left the deal yet, but it has stressed that the remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain in it.
Under the 2015 deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
In February, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed for the fourteenth time that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal.
The US administration hoped to get the other parties to the deal with Iran to likewise scrap the deal, but instead, they stressed that not only would they stick to the agreement, but they would also work to sustain it in the face of increased US pressure.
Russia, China and the European parties to the deal have repudiated new US sanctions on Iran, pledging to maintain trade ties with Tehran.
On January 31, France, Germany, and the UK launched a special payment mechanism named the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchange (INSTEX) in a bid to protect European business links with Tehran by circumventing the American bans.
Recently, US Vice President Mike Pence urged Washington’s European allies to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and accused them of trying to break US sanctions against Tehran.