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JCPOA Joint Commission nothing to do with recent developments/ UAE makes a big mistake

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 24 August 2020 / 14:04

Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh referred to the US government's historic isolation in the world after its failed bid at the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, stressing Washington has failed to create a consensus against the Islamic Republic.

Speaking at his first press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said, "The US suffered a historic defeat after the UN Security Council voted against its proposed resolution on the extension of the UN arms embargo on Iran that is going to expire in October under Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)".

Criticizing the frustrated US for use of the fake term "snapback mechanism", he warned that Iran's response to any violation of the JCPOA and the UNSC Resolution 2231 that endorses the agreement will be decisive.

Mentioning Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif's recent visit to Lebanon, Khatibzade said, "Zarif paid a visit to Lebanon, during which he met with Lebanese officials and announced Iran's solidarity and cooperation with the Lebanese government and people".

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman emphasized, "Iran-Venezuela relations are based on mutual interests of the two countries and have nothing to do with third countries".

Saeed Khatibzadeh has also pointed to the upcoming visit of Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi to Tehran and said, "The two sides are to resolve their mutual issues during this visit. After the endorsement of the JCPOA, Iran and the IAEA have experienced a high level of cooperation and Iran has provided the best access to its sites and facilities".

He also announced that Rafael Grossi during his visit to Tehran is to meet with Zarif.

About the next meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which will be held in Vienna on September 1, he said, "The meeting will be held according to its seasonal procedure. Of course it was delayed for a few days but its date was set and it has nothing to do with the recent developments".

He expressed hope that the single voice that has heard in this commission regarding the issue of the JCPOA will be maintained.

"Iran's deputy Foreign Minister, Seyyed Abbas Araghchi will head the Iranian delegation in the next meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission," the spokesman added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Saeed Khatibzadeh said, "Iran emphasizes interaction with its neighboring countries. The Islamic Republic is provider of security and stability in the region and we opposes the presence of components that want to destroy this condition and cause insecurity and instability in the region".

About United Arab Emirates's decision to normalize its relations with Israel, he noted, "The UAE made a big mistake and we hope the country to revise its measure soon".

"Iran will give a response to any threats made by the Zionists against the regional peace and security," he added.

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