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Iran warns Europe against lack of JCPOA commitments

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 2, IRNA -- Imposition of sanctions against Iran, putting the country under pressure and Europe's failure to implement its commitment pertaining to the Iran nuclear deal will lead to serious consequences, the head of Iran's Foreign Policy Strategic Council said.

'The three European parties to the Iran Deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have so far failed to do enough to safeguard Iran's interests under the nuclear deal,' Kamal Kharrazi said during a meeting with the visiting Britain's Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt on Sunday.

Kharrazi also urged cessation of Saudi bombardment of Yemen and called on London to stop supplying arms to Riyadh.

'If Britain is looking for an end to the war in Yemen, it should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia and ask the Saudi-led coalition to end aggressions against the country,' he said.

'It is the natural right of the popular forces in Yemen to participate in the next government in Yemen,' he added.

The head of Iran's Foreign Policy Strategic Council went on to criticize Europe for backing supporters of terrorists in Syria, describing the Europe's approach as a terrible mistake.

All the parties should try to pave the ground for holding peaceful elections in Syria and respect the people's votes, Kharrazi said.

He also reiterated that Iran and Britain can cooperate in an array of different fields, but he added that to do so the two sides need to build confidence.

UK's minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, for his part, emphasized that London is after strengthening its cooperation with Tehran.

Referring to the significant regional role maintained by Iran, Burt added that Britain is seeking for continuation of parliamentary talks and relations to build mutual confidence.

Both Iran and Europe are victims of US wrong policies, he said.

The British official stressed that London's stance on the JCPOA is quite different from that of Washington.

He said they are looking for a European mechanism for the success of the JCPOA.


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