Proposals of the European countries-participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) do not satisfy Tehran, said the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, the agency Reuters reports today.
The Iranian side points out not only the inadequacy of European steps after the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal, but also warns that “all parties (JCPOA) will lose out if Tehran is pushed back by the West.”
On the discontent of the Iranian authorities, the head of the AEOI informed the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, with whom he met on Tuesday, June 19, the state news agency IRNA notes.
As reported by EADaily, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will pay an official visit to Switzerland and Austria at the end of June. This will be the first European tour of the head of the Iranian government (the posts of the president and prime minister in Iran are combined – EADaily) after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.
Earlier, President Rouhani warned the world’s leading countries that Tehran does not intend to remain in the JCPOA if it “does not benefit” from its stay in the nuclear deal after the United States withdraws from it.
In his letters to the Foreign Ministers of Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – the countries that remain in the nuclear deal after the US withdrew from it, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in late May that the international community should stand in the way of ” treacherous and intimidating behavior “of Washington. Official Tehran called on the partners in the JCPOA to compensate the Iranian side for the losses associated with the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the deal.
Recall, US President Donald Trump on May 8 announced the withdrawal of Washington from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program – a deal that imposed restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for lifting the sanctions of the UN Security Council and unilateral restrictive measures introduced earlier by the US and the EU. According to Trump, the SVAP left the Iranian authorities with the opportunity to create a nuclear bomb, bypassing restrictions. The US President accused Iran of “complicity in terrorism” and the desire to continue developing nuclear weapons. At the same time, Trump spoke in favor of concluding a new agreement.
After exiting the nuclear deal, the US expanded sanctions against Iran.
The remaining members of the JCPOA criticized Trump’s decision and said that they intend to keep the agreements in force. The leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France Teresa May, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron called on all participants of the nuclear deal to fully implement it.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that Moscow was disappointed with Washington’s step, and called Trump’s decision a screen for information of political accounts with Iran.
Joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA) is agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program, concluded in July 2015 between the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and Iran.
Washington’s secondary sanctions against Tehran undermine Europe’s efforts to preserve a nuclear deal with Iran, finance ministers and foreign ministers of Germany, France, Britain and the European Union said in a letter to the head of the US Treasury, Stephen Mnuchin.
“American secondary sanctions in their current state may prevent the European Union to continue the gradual lifting of sanctions against Iran,” the Wall Street Journal quoted the letter.
The Europeans promised to continue trade with Iran to convince Tehran to continue to observe the terms of the nuclear deal.
The situation around the nuclear agreement with Iran escalated after May 8, when US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of Washington from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tehran’s nuclear program.
June 4, it became known that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran will expand the scale of uranium enrichment in the event of the collapse of the international agreement on the nuclear program.
Russia is ready to contribute to the EU’s package of protective measures after the US withdraws from the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program.
“In any case, we will firmly support the preservation of the JCPOA, we will support the relevant efforts on the part of the EU, Iran and the PRC, are ready to join the package of protective measures being developed by the European Union,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, speaking at the conference of the Association of European Businesses on Wednesday .
He stressed that for Russia “it is absolutely clear that the current administration will try to make America great again not only at the expense of countries that Washington publicly denounced as opponents of America, but also at the expense of its main allies.”
He recalled that the US, “despite the fact that the Europeans cherished expectations, introduced additional duties on steel and aluminum.”
“Under false pretenses allegedly for the purpose of providing national security they implement restrictions, the only meaning of which is to suppress competition and force trade partners to make concessions. This is nothing more than an attack on the principles of the international trading system and the complete disregard for the WTO, “the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation said.” In this regard, we welcome the efforts of the European Union, which stands up for the protection of the bilateral system of international trade, and we believe that this platform could become important for the consolidation of joint efforts of Russia and the EU,” A.Grushko said.