ID : N-2685 Date : 2018/08/19 - 14:21
(Persia Digest) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has commented on the latest actions by the EU to safeguard the JCPOA against US sanctions, saying: “Since the President’s talks on EU’s initial package presented to Iran and following what I recently said in Vienna at the ministerial meeting, the Europeans have made new proposals and acted on the two important areas of oil and banking.”
He added: “The EU has implemented the blocking statute and issuing a license for the European Investment Bank (EIB). From our viewpoint, these are mainly declarations of position rather than operational measures. Although this is a step in the right direction, we believe that the EU is still not ready to pay the cost.”
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Zarif stated that Europeans have already shown their political will in words, stressing: “Europe’s political will can be answered by Iran only when it is accompanied by executive action. The Europeans say the JCPOA is a security achievement for them. It is natural that every country should invest for its security; we must be able to witness this investment in the coming months.”
Iran’s FM reiterated: “6 August was not set as a deadline by us and no other deadlines have been set. They have moved things to a certain extent, but this is not enough. We have already informed them of our expectations.”
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