(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Foreign Minister has pointed to recent comments made by the French Foreign Minister regarding Europe’s need for Donald Trump to agree to the credit line extended to Iran to preserve the JCPOA nuclear deal, saying: “The EU need for a US permit is regrettable.”
French FM, Jean Le Drian, said on Tuesday that discussions with Iran involved the preservation of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with the extension of a credit line guaranteed by Iran’s oil exports. But this depended on sanction exemptions granted by the US.
Speaking at a press conference after meeting with the Bangladeshi FM today, FM Zarif of Iran was asked about the recent comments of the French FM; he said: “From a legal point of view, the US cannot prevent Europe from fulfilling its obligations. Obtaining permission from OFAC is not our problem; they have to deal with it.”
He continued: “That France or Europe need permits from the US for their activities is both understandable and regrettable.”
Zarif stressed: “We are ready to reverse our steps in the JCPOA if the other parties also carry out their obligations.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that, after the unilateral US withdrawal from the JCPOA on 8 May 2018 and a lack of response by the other signatories, Iran announced on 8 May this year that unless the other parties to the accord prevent the impact of sanctions reimposed on Iran by the US, it will scale back its obligations under the nuclear deal stage by stage.
Iran will announce the third stage of its scaling back program from the JCPOA within the next few days.