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Zarif: JCPOA withdrawal mistake painful for US

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 16, IRNA -- Thanks to the JCPOA achievements in R&D and as regards Iran efforts to promote its nuclear power in peaceful field, withdrawal mistake will be painful for the US, Iran FM said.

Since taking office and even before that time, Trump spared no efforts to walk away from Iran nuclear deal and the United States breached its commitments under the JCPOA, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters.

'Today we have the joint commission in deputy foreign ministers level in Vienna and Iran will stress full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and ending violations by the US.'

Iran had earlier made itself prepared for different conditions in the negotiations era, he added.

It is completely predicted in the JCPOA that if Iran takes no advantage what measures will be taken by the country, he noted.

During the two-day tour to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, 'we reviewed Iran regional movements and we had quadrilateral meeting with the attendance of Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia in Azerbaijan for the first time,' Zarif said.

'We enjoy many trilateral cooperation with Azerbaijan and Turkey, he said, referring to the quadrilateral cooperation as an initiative.

The meeting aimed to become certain that 'we can connect Persian Gulf to the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea to create an important transit route,' he added.

'We held fruitful talks on North-South corridor through Azerbaijan and Rasht-Astara railway agreement will be signed next week,' he said, adding that Bandar Abbas-Astara and also Saint Petersburg to Georgia ports in the Black Sea will be connected by railways.

Cooperation grounds in energy and tourism fields were reviewed in Baku meeting, Zarif said.

After 14 months Iran, Russia and Turkey as three peace guarantors gathered together, he said.

Astana process has so far helped de-escalating tensions in Syria and also sending humanitarian aid to Syrian people, Iran FM said.

He went on to say that important strides have also been taken in Sochi Summit and Syrian National Congress.

'We will also have Iran-Russia-Turkey summit in Sochi,' he said reiterating that some Western countries have always attempted to make problem on the way of Astana talks.

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