Foreign Policy
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:44
Rouhani Calls for EU’s Commitment to JCPOA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the European Union (EU) to abide by its obligations with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said the US’ pullout from the deal is a flagrant violation of international law.

Iran will stick to its commitments if the EU lives up fully to its obligations, Rouhani said in a phone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö.

The US discard of the JCPOA is in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and contrary to international law, political rules and all moral values, he noted.

Referring to launching of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) by Europe, as well as the Swiss financial channel with Iran (SHTA), Rouhani made it clear that these mechanisms have not yet become practical, urging the EU to activate them.

Sauli Niinistö, for his part, welcomed the launch of INSTEX and he voiced Finland’s readiness to join the financial mechanism, adding that Helsinki supports the payment of the International Monetary Fund loan to Iran.

Calling the JCPOA as an international agreement, he underlined that Finland is making every effort to preserve the deal.

In relevant remarks on February 23, Hassan Rouhani underlined that his country expects the European states not to surrender to the US pressures and bullying.

"We expect the EU to stand against the US illegal measures," President Rouhani said in a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Tehran.

He referred to the US sanctions on food stuff and drugs against Iran beside economic embargos, and said, "Imposition of such sanctions is a terrorist act and we expect the EU to comply with its human responsibility."

The president, meantime, said the impacts of the US sanctions on Iran have been exaggerated by the western officials and media.

Elsewhere, President Rouhani said that regional security should be established by the countries of the region, and added, "Today, the security of the regional waterways has decreased compared to the past and many regional states, including Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, are not in a proper security conditions."

"All problems in our region are the result of the US wrong and illegal interference in the regional issues," he said.

"We believe that security of this region is important to the security in Europe and the security of the energy route for the entire world and Europe," Rouhani added.

Schallenberg, for his part, underscored Iran's important role in regional security and stability, and said, "Preserving the nuclear deal is our and the EU's main policy and we will do our best efforts to this end."

In relevant remarks on February 22, President Rouhani, in a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok in Tehran, highlighted that following the US exit from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Europeans have failed to save the deal and deliver on their commitments.

"Over the past 21 months since the US exit from the JCPOA (the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the European Union has unfortunately failed to take effective steps in line with mutual relations and the fulfillment of its commitments under the JCPOA," Rouhani said in Tehran.

"We believe that the nuclear deal served the interests of the region and the world and the US move harms all [nations] and even the American people," he added.

Pointing to the US’ “illegal, unilateral and cruel” sanctions against the Iranian nation, which also include medicine and food, Rouhani said, "It is expected that the world’s free nations vociferously condemn these unlawful sanctions."

US President Donald Trump, a stern critic of the historic deal, unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism in an attempt to strangle the Iranian oil trade.

In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.

Tehran has particularly been disappointed with failure of the three European signatories to the JCPOA -- Britain, France and Germany -- to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States' withdrawal.

On January 5, Iran took a final step in reducing its commitments, and said it would no longer observe any operational limitations on its nuclear industry, whether concerning the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the volume of stockpiled uranium or research and development.

 

 

 

 

Bottom top
Iran's Beautiful Places, Holy Sites

TEHRAN (FNA)- The cultural sites of Iran are all not just filled with a rich history, but also burst with colorful tiles and fascinating feats of engineering. [PHOTOS]
US: SUV Plows Through Protesters in New York City

TEHRAN (FNA)- A shocking scene of an SUV plowing through protesters in New York City was caught on film on Tuesday evening. A bicycle was dragged for more than a block but the cyclist was not seriously injured. The driver of the SUV was taken into custody. [VIDEO]
Lebanon: Hezbollah Supporters Rally Against Visit of US Central Command Chief

TEHRAN (FNA)- Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Beirut on Wednesday to protest against the visit of US Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie to Lebanon. The protesters could be seen waving Hezbollah flags and chanting against alleged US interference on internal affairs. [VIDEO]
US: Inside Hard-Hit Houston as Coronavirus Cases Surge

TEHRAN (FNA)- In Houston, one of the nation's fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. [PHOTOS]
Rescuers Scramble to Reach Thousands Trapped by Floods

TEHRAN (FNA)- Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on Thursday to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. [PHOTOS]
UK: Crane Collapses into Building in East London

TEHRAN (FNA)- A woman has died after a crane collapsed on to two terraced houses in ٍast London. London fire brigade said she had been found on the first floor of one of the houses in Bow and had been confirmed dead at the scene. Crews had been searching the houses as part of a complex rescue operation after the 20-metre-high crane fell at 2.39pm on 7 July. [VIDEO]
Syria: Residents Struggle after Turkish Forces Cut Water to Hasakah

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish forces have reportedly halted operations at the Aluk water station, which supplies the Syrian city of Hasakah and the surrounding area, for the seventh time since they took control of the station in the Northern countryside of Hasakah. [VIDEO]
US: Vigil Held in Brooklyn, NY for Victims of Gun Violence

TEHRAN (FNA)- Family members of the victims of violent crimes gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a vigil against gun violence in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 101 pairs of shoes and a casket are laid out at the steps of Brooklyn's borough hall to represent the 101 shooting victims in the 74 gun violence incidents that have taken place over the past week throughout the city. [PHOTOS]
Serbia Protests Meet Violent Response in Europe’s 1st Major Virus Unrest

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Serbs demonstrated for a second consecutive night on Wednesday in response to President Aleksandar Vucic’s management of the coronavirus crisis and wider concerns over the state of democracy in Serbia. [PHOTOS]
Poll Finds Nine Out of 10 Americans Say Racism, Police Brutality Are Problems

TEHRAN (FNA)- Nine in 10 Americans believe that racism and police violence are problems in the country, a Guardian/Opinium Research poll found, a sign that public opinion is shifting away from the views put forward by President Donald Trump.
Report: Attacks Against Journalists Soar During Black Lives Matter Protests in US

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 50 journalists in the US have been arrested during Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the US, while dozens of others have also been injured by rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas.
Energy Minister: 227 Water, Electricity Projects Inaugurated in Iran in 6 Months

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said that the country inaugurated 227 water and electricity projects in the second half of the last Iranian year (ended on March 19).
Iran Stresses Determination to Develop Strategic Ties with China

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi stressed that Tehran and Beijing are determined to further expand their strategic relations.
Iranian President Inaugurates Several Infrastructural Projects

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday inaugurated several infrastructural projects in the Central, Southeastern and Southern parts of the country despite the US pressures and sanctions.
Spokesman Rejects US "Lies" about Confiscation of Iranian Ship Carrying Arms to Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbbas Mousavi dismissed the US claims about seizing an Iranian ship carrying weapons to Yemen.