TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Ali Larijani made the remarks in a press conference before leaving Tehran for the Russian city of St. Petersburg to attend the 137th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union.
He said there was international consensus on maintaining the JCPOA, which was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — including the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany — in July 2015.
“European countries have emphasized their position for maintaining the JCPOA and, in fact, there is some sort of consensus at international level in this regard, but only one country has taken a unilateral approach and this unilateralism will be to its detriment,” he said.
Touching on US President Donald Trump’s hostile stance on the nuclear deal, the top Iranian parliamentarian said the Islamic Republic had already prepared itself for different scenarios.
“There is no urgency among Iranian authorities and we have also found solutions for any possible situation,” he said, adding that Trump’s stance reflected his “inexperience.”
“I have information that the position of European countries, Russia and China in preserving the JCPOA is similar to that of Iran and these prompt moves and imprecise behavior by the Americans in that regard are problematic both for themselves and other countries.”
The administration of Trump, which took over in 2017, one year after the JCPOA came into force, has repeatedly attacked the deal. Most recently, Trump called the accord "incompetently drawn" in an interview with Fox News.
While the Trump administration has twice certified Iranian compliance with the deal in notifications to the US Congress under an American law, the White House has indicated that a third verification — due later this week — would not be offered.
If Trump refuses to certify, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the US has agreed to waive under the nuclear deal.
By potentially re-imposing the sanctions, the US would be stopping the implementation of major obligations under the agreement, which would practically be equal to a pullout even if an official declaration of withdrawal is not announced.
Larijani referred to a meeting between representatives from Iran and the P5+1 countries in New York last month in which no participants supported the US stance on the JCPOA.
Representatives from Iran and the six world power have come together to highlight the necessity of compiling to the nuclear deal.
The countries, which opposed the US, argue that “the JCPOA is an international agreement and endorsed by a resolution passed by the Security Council and in fact, the JCPOA is part of the resolution, outside the purview of the countries,” he added.
Under the deal, which was endorsed by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.
The Iranian parliament speaker is set to attend the 137th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union. In addition, he is expected to hold bilateral meeting with other countries’ parliament speakers during his visit to St. Petersburg.