Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the United States against the “painful mistake” of withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal, known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
Upon his arrival in Tehran after his visit to Astana, Zarif told reporters that Iran would continue its activities in terms of research and development of civilian nuclear power, as provided by the JCPOA, adding:
“This is a reality: if the US makes this mistake and withdraws from the JCPOA, it will certainly be a painful mistake for the Americans. ”
The signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal of 2015 have held a new round of their regular meetings to review its implementation, while the United States continues to threaten to dismantle this multilateral agreement.
Representatives from Iran, the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany met on Friday, March 16, in Vienna for a meeting on the Global Plan of Action. Joint Action (JCPOA).
A European diplomat said that Europe’s representatives feared they could not save the nuclear deal from a possible collapse, because of the policies adopted by US President Donald Trump.
“We have to make sure we do not throw the baby with the bath water; then we will preserve the nuclear agreement and we work on the rest in parallel, “said the diplomat.
The meeting precedes the deadline of May 12, set by US President Donald Trump.
He swore last January, when he extended the suspension of anti-Iranian sanctions, to stop doing so unless the Europeans accepted, as he demanded, to repair what he called the “flaws” of this international agreement.
EU Foreign Ministers are expected to defend the deal with Iran, and work to discourage Trump from withdrawing from the deal in May.
Prior to the talks, a senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official ruled out the possibility of Iran accepting a parallel agreement to the JCPOA, saying the international document could not be renegotiated.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Friday to the IRNA news agency that the renegotiation of the agreement or similar ideas, such as the addition of an annex to this multilateral document, has no place in the Iranian approach to this agreement.
“The JCPOAis the result of long negotiations and a series of exchanges that have already taken place,” said Araqchi, adding that Iran has fully complied with its commitments under the agreement and was waiting for the other party to do the same.
He said, however, that the United States, as a signatory to the nuclear deal, had taken a subversive approach to the JCPOA in the last 14 months.
“Threatening the world’s economic and trade communities to not work with Iran is a flagrant violation of the various articles of the JCPOA,” Araqchi said in reference to Washington’s policy under President Trump’s Iran.
As part of the JCPOA, Iran has suspended some of its peaceful nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
Many of these sanctions, including those aimed at the Iranian banking system, have been lifted technically, but companies still refrain from major deals with Iran, fearing US retaliation.
Trump has repeatedly referred to JCPOA as an agreement that “harms US interests” and should be dismantled or amended.
Other signatories to the nuclear deal, namely Russia, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, have all criticized Trump’s view of the deal, saying the agreement is solid and that it works well.