(Persia Digest) – A former Iranian diplomat, analyst, and journalist believes that the German Foreign Minister has no legal logic for refusing to accept Iran’s reduction of its nuclear commitments. It is only out of concern for Israel’s safety.

At a press conference with his Iranian counterpart yesterday, the German Foreign Minister announced that the EU will make efforts to compensate for America’s absence from the JCPOA. But it will not accept a reduction of commitments by Iran following a reduction of commitments by the US.

According to provisions in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, should any one signatory abrogate the deal, the other party can reciprocate by reducing its commitments or leaving the accord.

Former Iranian diplomat, Fereydoun Majlessi, told Persia Digest (PD) in an interview: “Statements by Heiko Maas have no legal basis. European countries have two viewpoints on Iran. First, although international trade sanctions on Iran have been lifted, European banks are independent entities and their governments cannot force them to work with any one country. From this viewpoint, the Europeans believe it is up to Iran to resolve its issues with the US.”

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He continued: “The second issue pertains to the slogan of destroying Israel. The West tried to put a stop to nuclear threats against Israel with the JCPOA. But, certain factions in Iran with fewer votes, yet more power, who opposed the deal continued their previous stance. Under these circumstances, the West concluded that Iran is trying to materialize its slogans against Israel with conventional arms through Lebanon and Syria. This is not acceptable by Europe and the USA.”

Majlessi reiterated: “Of course, if Iran decides to reduce its commitments under the JCPOA to the extent that it damages the basics of the agreement, the EU will not be the only entity it faces then. It will have to face the IAEA Board of Governors and the return of Security Council resolutions. As such, Iran will have to prepare for the biggest siege.”

Speaking about the remarks of Heiko Maas on Europe’s efforts to prevent war in Iran in the face of conflict in Yemen and Syria, this analyst of international affairs said: “These discussions have two aspects. One aspect is slightly threatening. It can be said that Maas is trying to say that this is the last warning by the West who is at the end of its tether after forty years. The second aspect may be pointing to a backdrop in new talks.”

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He reiterated: “European efforts to prevent war in Iran may be in line with saving face and creating an equal footing for principled negotiations and bringing Mr Zarif’s proposal of the non-aggression pact with regional countries to a positive conclusion if it is extended to encompass all nations.”

Majlessi added: “My view is not very positive on the visit of the German FM to Iran. Particularly because organs inside Iran are trying to disrupt the expansion of ties with the West. Another important issue is the continued ‘no war, no peace’ state of affairs with the US propagated by authorities in Tehran. Sustaining such a state can only increase damages inflicted by the economic war the US is waging on the Iranian economy.”

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