FM-Zarif-pursues-JCPOA-in-Moscow-and-Brussels

FM-Zarif-pursues-JCPOA-in-Moscow-and-Brussels
ID : N-1025 Date : 2018/01/10 - 14:05

(Persia Digest) – Talks on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement with the great powers, officially known as the JCPOA, have reached their highest levels these days. It is time for the US to decide on certification and sanctions relief for Iran in a few days’ time. Trump must decide whether he wants to keep the US in the deal, or to re-impose sanctions and leave the deal. As a result, diplomatic talks between the other signatories to the deal have reached a peak.

Iran’s top diplomat will travel to Moscow to meet with his counterpart today. He will also travel to Brussels on Thursday, by invitation of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, to meet the French, German, and UK foreign ministers to discuss the latest developments regarding the JCPOA.

The US State Department announced on Tuesday 9 January, that the Trump administration will decide on Friday whether to certify the 2015 Iran agreement and sanctions relief or not.

In recent days, certain US papers, such as POLITICO and Wall Street Journal have reported on sanctions suspension against Iran by the US and remaining in the deal. In reports, both the Wall Street Journal and POLITICO wrote that Trump will likely suspend sanctions, but it will not certify Iran’s commitment to the agreement.

At the Security Conference held in Tehran two days ago, the Deputy to Iran’s FM, Abbas Araghchi, said: “All US moves are aimed at destroying the JCPOA. The US President is spending all his efforts on Washington leaving the deal, which may take place within the next few days.”

Thus, the wait must continue until Friday to see what decision Trump will take about what he called “an embarrassment” and “the worst deal ever”.

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