Macron's four-point plan not containing Iran's views: Zarif
ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency
Wed / 2 October 2019 / 15:57
Tehran (ISNA) – Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said French President Emmanuel Macron's four-article plan doesn't contain our views.
On the sidelines of a cabinet session on Wednesday, Zarif pointed to the talks between Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani and European sides during his visit to New York, saying, "As the efforts were being made, US President, Donald Trump announced in the United Nations General Assembly that he didn't intend to reduce sanctions. The position was completely different to what Europeans told us citing Trump".
"The four-article plan proposed by Macron is announced by him and doesn't reflect our views. We have made it clear that we don't seek nuclear weapons and announcing Hormuz Peace Endeavor HOPE initiative indicated that since 1985, we have sought peace in the Persian Gulf and it's others who hinder it. Our position is completely clear but they hadn't been reflected correctly in Macron's plan. Therefore, the talks should be continued to help discuss the issues more accurately," he said.
The top diplomat said, "Macron and my French counterpart followed the talks enthusiastically. I negotiated twice with the French foreign minister, as well as Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Our efforts will continue but we stand firm in our positions. If Europe doesn't implement its commitments, we will take our next steps".
Answering a question on whether Europe's threat to leave Iran's nuclear deal is true, Zarif said, "They haven't announce such a thing, what they have said is that they may pursue resolution means which have been cited in article 37 and 36 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It's clear that Iran has started a compensative action since May 8 which is realized in JCPOA article 36. According to legal rules, no side can take compensative action against a compensative action. The compensative action determined for Europe in JCPOA was feasible when Iran would be the first side to violate the deal. Europe's withdrawal from JCPOA is not considered".
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