February 05, 2019 11:08
News ID: 4211

(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affair has criticized the joint statement issued by the EU while welcoming its positive points regarding the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.

Iran’s response asks the EU to make the Instex financial channel operational in the first instance to cover a larger spectrum of trade between Iran and the EU. It also reads: “The economic aspects of the JCPOA and Iran’s interests under the accord are of the utmost importance for us. The behavior of the European side and their commitment to the deal can be a decisive factor in our future dealings. Making the implementation of the financial mechanism which is the essence of the JCPOA conditional on the FATF is unacceptable.”

Iran also dismissed claims of terrorist actions in Europe as baffling and said these were raised by opposition groups who intend to drive a wedge in Iran-EU relations.

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The response also reiterates: “Iran’s defense activities are merely deterrents and domestic. This has never been, and never will be, a topic up for discussion with other countries.”

It further underlines: “The IR of Iran will always support all dialogue and political solutions to resolve all regional crises.”

Iran also condemned the instrumental and political use of human rights against independent states, emphasizing: “The performance of the IR of Iran has been a good indicator of Iran's seriousness in promoting human rights and fulfilling international obligations through constructive cooperation and dialogue.”

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The responding statement also points out the wide abuse of human rights in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and certain EU member states, and underlines that EU concerns about the human rights situation in Iran are a distraction of public opinion.

It wraps up by emphasizing that Iran is seeking constructive interaction based on reciprocal interests and mutual respect with the EU, citing past dialogue and collaboration as an indication of available opportunities for work and expansion of ties between the two.

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