TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “Refusing to abide by the JCPOA will have a serious cost for violators. Iran is ready for any possibility in case of violation,” he said addressing Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo.
He also said that the JCPOA is standing in a strong position in the international scene.
The deal is not only supported by the UN Security Council 2231 Resolution, but also by the EU and the international community, the official said.
Araqchi also said US excuse and imposing sanctions on Iran because of its missile program is ‘unacceptable’.
“Iranian missile program, result of Iranians’ capability, is merely for defense and deterrent purposes.”
Earlier in July, Iran said it could resort to its own options if the mechanisms featured in its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, including the US, fail to force other parties to live up to their end of the bargain.
Araqchi, who heads the Iranian task force overseeing the implementation of the agreement, made the comments following talks in Vienna with Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Araqchi criticized the US for poisoning the atmosphere for the global business community seeking to work with Iran in the post-JCPOA era.
“Unfortunately, it has become a bad habit [for] the US. Whenever they do their commitments, for example they extend their waivers, which is their responsibility [as part of] the JCPOA, they add some poison to that by adding new names” to their sanctions list, he said..
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany -- inked the deal in July 2015. It lifted nuclear related sanctions on Iran, which, in turn, put certain limits on its nuclear work.
The IAEA has invariably certified Iran’s commitment to its contractual obligations since January 2016, when the deal took effect.
The US, however, has prevented the deal from fully yielding. Washington has refused to offer global financial institutions the guarantees that they would not be hit by American punitive measures for transactions with Iran.
Since US President Donald Trump’s January inauguration, Washington has, on three occasions, slapped sanctions on Iran over its national missile program. This is while the missile work does not violate the JCPOA.
Iran has reacted by sanctioning some American entities. It has also raised the issue of the US lack of commitment at meetings of the Joint Commission.