Zarif: Will write letter dismissing Trump speech on Iran

Zarif: Will write letter dismissing Trump speech on Iran
ID : N-445 Date : 2017/10/15 - 12:10

(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has said the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), emphasizes that the only authority to determine Iran's compliance with its obligations under the deal is The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the United States is not in a position to endorse Iran's commitment.

Zarif said that Trump’s speech is incompatible with clauses 26, 28, and 29 of the JCPOA, and added that in accordance with the said clauses, US authorities must not make remarks to negate the outcome of the agreement.

He pointed out to a letter he has written to EU Foreign Affairs Chief Mogherini, and said: “This is not the only letter we have written; from the summer of last year up until a fortnight ago we have written nine letters about the cases in which the US has delayed the implementation of its obligations under the JCPOA.”

He mentioned that he will be writing a letter about the Trump speech on Iran within the next two days, and said that Iran had already issued a statement on the subject last night which has also been recorded by the UN Security Council.

He went on to add: “In this letter, violations of Articles 26, 28 and 29 will be referred to. It will also be officially recorded at the JCPOA Commission. It will show that, contrary to Trump’s allegations, it is Iran who has so far documented a number of failures by the US to fulfill its obligations.”

Regarding the derogatory and historically incorrect term Trump used for the Persian Gulf, Zarif said: “I feel Trump has used the name to flatter those in the region who made massive arms purchases from the US.”

Iran’s top diplomat commented on the US decertification of the JCPOA by saying that US internal regulations are not valid outside its border and the country must remain committed to its obligations under the JCPOA multilateral and international agreement supported by a UN Security Council resolution.

He continued: “What matters to us is that the US remains committed to extending sanctions relief. If this is violated and sanctions are re-imposed, Iran will reciprocate.”


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