Foreign Policy
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:34
Deputy FM: Tehran to Continue Peaceful Nuclear Activities in Compliance with IAEA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said his country will continue its peaceful nuclear program in compliance with International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) rules, emphasizing that Tehran has always removed ambiguities regarding its nuclear program.

Araghchi made the remarks on Sunday, adding that Iran is a member of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its nuclear program are carried out in coordination with IAEA regulations.

“Whenever our interests regarding the Nuclear Deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) are served we will be ready to return to all our JCPOA commitments,” he went on to say.

 As an accountable country, Iran has removed all ambiguities and misinformation regarding its nuclear program, the official added.

Pointing to the US illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, he reiterated that Iran has fully lived up to its commitment regarding JCPOA, but, other parties [the US and Europe] have reneged on their obligations.

In relevant remarks in mid-July, Abbas Araghchi said the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has received Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) letter, and added that Tehran is waiting for the result of latter’s consultations with other parties.

Araghchi said that Borrell is consulting with other members on how to hold the meeting related to the letter.

If a JCPOA party does not live up to its commitments or violates them, the other party can file a complaint to the joint commission based on dispute resolution mechanism, he noted.

“We believe what E3 did was in contrast to their commitments under the nuclear deal,” he said adding that we informed the joint commission and relevant decisions will be made.  

We have triggered DRM to inform the joint commission on Iran’s views with regards to the fact that the E3 committed a breach of JCPOA commitments," Araghchi added.

In early July, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that he will release six letters pertaining to the past record of the Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) in JCPOA triggered by Iran.

"Don't believe the hype: Iran triggered #JCPOA DRM on at least 6 occasions (in ref to US AND E3 violations)," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

He gave a list of the efforts to activate DRM for six times:

- On December 16, 2016 due to violation of JCPOA by the US

- On May 10, 2018 due to violation of JCPOA by the US

- On June 17, 2018 due to violation of JCPOA by the US

- On November 6, 2018 due to violation of JCPOA by the US and three European states

- On May 8, 2019 due to violation of JCPOA by the US and three European states

- On July 2, 2020 due to violation of JCPOA by the three European states.

"I will be publishing all my letters shortly," he wrote.

In mid-January, Zarif in a meeting with High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell underlined Tehran's willingness to continue cooperation with the EU, but meantime, called on the block to change its behavior towards Iran and the nuclear deal.

The meeting was held in India on the sidelines of Raisina Dialogue conference on January 16.

While enumerating mistakes and impracticality of European countries involved in Iran’s nuclear talk [including France, UK and Germany] with regards to lack of fulfilling their commitments under JCPOA, “the recent move taken by EU3 in activating Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) is rejected,” Zarif said in the meeting.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to establish close cooperation and collaboration with the new EU foreign policy chief, he added.

Iranian foreign minister also called on European countries involved in Iran’s nuclear deal to revise their behaviors with Iran and also the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

European states involved in Iran's nuclear talk [including Britain, France, and Germany] started a process that could lead to the United Nations' sanctions being re-imposed on Iran and the collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal after triggering the deal’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM).





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