News ID: 252656
Published: 0242 GMT May 11, 2019

Kharrazi: EU’s opportunity to prevent death of nuclear deal limited

Kharrazi: EU’s opportunity to prevent death of nuclear deal limited

Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi warned the European Union against continued passivity on the US sanctions against Iran, saying the opportunity to save the 2015 nuclear deal is limited.

Speaking at a meeting with the chairperson of the French Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Marielle de Sarnez in Paris, Kharrazi highlighted reasons behind a recent decision by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to halt some of the country’s commitments under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Tasnim News Agency reported.

Iran on Wednesday stopped implementing part of its commitments under the JCPOA in response to Washington’s pullout from the agreement, giving Europe 60 days to adopt practical measures to ensure Iran’s benefits under the deal, otherwise the country would further reduce its commitments.

“The Iranian people are very pessimistic about the European (governments) because of their failure to fulfill their commitments and their compliance with Trump’s sanctions policies…,” Kharrazi said.

Kharrazi further emphasized that the two-month deadline mentioned in the SNSC’s statement is a good opportunity for Europe to make up for the slow pace of its past measures in making INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) up and running and prevent the death of the JCPOA.

Director General for political affairs at the UK Foreign Office Britain Richard Moore said on Thursday that France and Germany are seriously pursuing the implementation of the Iran-EU special payment mechanism, which is supposed to facilitate trade ties between the two sides after the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the country.


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