(Persia Digest) – The Spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the latest statements by the German Foreign Minister in Stockholm, saying: “We agree with his comments on the significance of the JCPOA for the international community and Europe, but his emphasis on the unilateral implementation of a multi-lateral deal by Iran is not well understood.”
Abbas Mousai added: “If the JCPOA has several parties, all parties are equally obliged to meet their commitments and if they can’t [do this], they have to understand that based on the mechanism made available to us in the JCPOA nuclear deal, we can reconsider our commitments regarding the deal and its obligations.”
Mousavi reiterated: “If our European friends are so concerned about implementing the JCPOA, they must ask all its signatories to do the same and meet their own commitments more so. We recommend to him [Maas] and others who are similarly worried about Iran’s recent decisions under the JCPOA to carefully study section 36 of the nuclear deal as well as the basics of law.”
According to Persia Digest (PD), Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, claimed on Tuesday at the end of a meeting with his Swedish counterpart: “If Iran withdraws from the JCPOA, it will be isolated internationally and will return to the point where it was before the deal. All sanctions will be resumed. Annulling the nuclear deal will neither serve Europe nor Iran.”
On Monday, Maas attended a joint press conference with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in Tehran and said: “Europe will not accept that one party [to the JCPOA] reduces its commitments because the other party has already done so.”
Maas made the remark while according to section 36 of the nuclear deal, “If Iran believes that any or all members of the E3/EU+3 are not meeting their commitments under the JCPOA,” Iran can “cease performing its commitments under the JCPOA in whole or in part” by following the required procedures.
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