(Persia Digest) – The former Iranian Ambassador to Norway has said: “The EU can solve the Iran nuclear crisis by increasing the number of countries working with Instex, including Russia and China.”
EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday to discuss the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal and de-escalate tensions between the US and Iran. Federica Mogherini announced at the end of the meeting that a reduction of commitments by Iran under the deal is not a big violation.
Former Iranian Ambassador to Norway, Abdol-Reza Faraji-Rad, told Persia Digest (PD): “The EU is trying to safeguard the JCPOA. But, under the deal, all parties can roll back their commitments if the other parties violate theirs. Therefore, Iran is only reacting to a lack of commitment by the US and the EU. It makes no difference whether the EU considers the roll back a big or small violation. Because, according to provisions made in the accord, Iran is allowed to do so.”
He reiterated: “Europeans are attempting to start Instex working to satisfy Iran. Iran’s red line is the sale of its oil or the allocation of credit. Otherwise, it will take the third step in its stage by stage roll back of its nuclear commitments which may be an increase in the number or nature of centrifuges and level of uranium enrichment. As such, we are witnessing increased diplomatic activity by the EU.”
The former ambassador to Norway reminded: “It can be said that the Europeans are working with Iran while they are also undergoing a test of their abilities in managing international security issues.”
Faraji-Rad underlined: “In my view, the EU can solve the problem by increasing the number of countries working with Instex, including Russia and China. Currently, ten countries have joined Instex. If China and Russia also agree to work with it, conditions will become tougher for the US, because sanctioning more countries will damage the US economy further.”
He continued: “I also believe that the US administration is withdrawing from its initial position and wanting to negotiate with Iran. This is partly due to recent steps taken by the EU which has presented the US with the dilemma of facing its most important ally. The upcoming US election and pressure on Trump is the other variable in this issue, because he has yet to find a clear Iran policy.”