Saving JCPOA depending on Europe's moves: Kharrazi
ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency
Wed / 15 May 2019 / 16:10
Tehran (ISNA) - Saving Iran's nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) depends on the measures taken by Europe to compensate for their previous hesitations, the head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday.
"Europe's surrender to the US will have unpleasant consequences for them," he said in a meeting with the former prime minister of France and the head of the Union for a Popular Movement, Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
Regarding situation in the Middle East, Kharrazi said that the regional powers should hold talks to reinforce peace and stability.
He added that Iran will resist pressures and is determined not surrender to US measures.
Reffrain, for his part, noted that it is in no one's interest to ignore Iran's role in fighting terrorism and narcotics.
He also expressed sorrow that the importance of Iran's efforts has not been seen.
Criticizing the US policies in questioning Europe's dominance and trying to make a rift in Europe, he said that no one in Europe concurs with US policies.
He added that France favors regional talks to enhance peace and security in the region.
Last May, the US pulled out of Iran nuclear agreement or the JCPOA, signed in 2015, and restored two rounds of economic sanctions on Iran.
Washington is also trying to bring Iran's oil sales to zero by not renewing the waivers to the eight countries, the customers of Iranian crude.
Despite the US withdrawal, Iran has stuck to the agreement as verified by 14 consecutive reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have said they will stay in the deal as long as Iran remains there, according to IRNA.
The three European signatories, also known as the E3, put in place in January a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), to help trade of non-sanctioned goods with Iran. However, the mechanism has yet to operate.
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