TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “we have the same attitude toward JCPOA for international community and Europe, yet we do not much understand his emphasis on fulfilling commitments unilaterally by Iran in a multilateral accord”, Iran’s FM Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday in response to Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Mass’ claims in Stockholm.
If JCPOA has several parties, Mousavi added, they must adhere to it all in the same way and in case they fail to do so they should understand Iran’s revision of its commitments to JCPOA within the framework of its authorities provided by the deal.
“If the Europeans are so worry about preserving JCPOA, they must ask all of the parties to adhere to it and, more than others, they themselves observe their commitments” Iran’s FM spokesman advised the Europeans expressing concerns over Iran’s recent decisions over JCPOA, suggesting them to study Article 36 of JCPOA as well as basics of Law again.
According to IRNA, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Mass in his meeting with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström claimed that if Iran withdrew JCPOA, it would be internationally isolated, get back to its point before the deal and that all sanctions would return.
He also warned that the abolition of the nuclear deal would not benefit the European Union, nor would it benefit Iran.
In his one-day tour to Iran on Monday, June 10, Mass met with his Iranian counterpart and talked about preserving JCPOA.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China -- plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
However, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticisms.
On the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iran announced that it would suspend the implementation of some of its commitments under the deal, adding that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring its interests in the face of the American sanctions.