(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to the possible withdrawal of the EU from the JCPOA, saying: “If they want to react to Iran’s remedial actions under the deal with their own measures, they will be making a mistake and we advise them not to take such action.”
Speaking at a press briefing on Monday about claims made by The Guardian that the EU has threatened to leave the JCPOA if Iran continued its remedial actions, Seyed Abbas Mousavi said: “I have not been informed of such a threat; but if they mean they will use certain mechanisms should Iran take its fourth step, this is unlawful and illegal. If the case is taken to the Security Council, Iran will also react.”
He added: “Iran has remained committed to its obligations under sections 26 and 36 and taken step by step remedial action. They would be wrong to react to these measures.”
Mousavi stressed: “If the EU decides to use the trigger mechanism, this would be illegal. A snapback is already dead, because we have anticipated compensatory measures for ourselves and for them in the JCPOA.”
He added: “They can only use the snapback if Iran abrogates the JCPOA.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that following the US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA on 8 May 2018, the EU was unable to compensate for the sanctions which were reinstated against Iran. Therefore, Iran has been reducing its commitment from 8 May 2019 step by step once every two months and announced that if the EU was able to remain committed to its obligations, Iran would also reciprocate. But this did not happen and The Guardian reported last week that the EU has threatened to leave the JCPOA if this trend continues.
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