The Secretary of the Iranian Parliament Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy has said: “Collaboration will continue in the event that Europe agrees to sign an agreement with Iran and assume part of the cost for Afghan immigrants.”
The Iranian President issued a statement today in part of which he warned Europe regarding the suspension of some of its commitments under the JCPOA by saying: “You are aware of our role in preventing an influx of immigrants to Europe. You are aware that we were the largest anti-narcotics stronghold and stopped its trafficking trough Iran from our eastern frontier to your countries by giving 4000 martyrs to the cause.”
An analyst of international affairs in Tehran believes: “The US was the intended audience of the statement issued by the Iranian President. The EU and other JCPOA signatories are not capable of ending the sanctions on Iran’s oil and banking sectors. As such, there is not much reason to hope for desired results with a partial withdrawal from the JCPOA.”
The Supreme National Security Council of Iran has issued a statement announcing Iran’s partial withdrawal from the JCPOA nuclear deal. It reads: “A year ago today, the United States of America withdrew from the JCPOA and abrogated the UN Security Council resolution by bullying against all known international norms and reinstated its unilateral, illegally sanctions on Iran. Regrettably, this evident bullying has not been addressed with any appropriate actions by the Security Council or the remaining JCPOA members. The IR of Iran has shown the utmost restraint over the past year and provided the other members with considerable opportunity to compensate for the consequences of the withdrawal by the United States. This show of goodwill and self-restraint by the Iranian people has remained unanswered and, apart from the issuance of political statements, there is still no operational mechanism available to compensate for US sanctions. Therefore, the Islamic Republic of Iran has no choice but to ‘partially reduce its obligations’ in order to secure its rights and restore the balance of demands by all parties in this agreement.”
The ambassadors of the JCPOA signatories including Germany, the UK, China, Russia, and France were invited to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs this Wednesday morning by its political deputy, Seyed Abbas Araghchi, and President Rouhani’s letter was submitted to them.
An international affairs expert in Tehran believes: “The deployment of a US carrier to the Persian Gulf confirms their “war show” for Iran. It is more than a threat and on the threshold of an attack. Although it does not mean a definite military engagement, it increases the danger significantly.”
An informed source in Iran said President Hassan Rouhani is likely to announce the country's staged plans to counteract the United States' exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in a live televised interview on Wednesday.
The new Schiller album called “Morgenstund” which is fusion music recorded with Iranian musicians was released internationally in March this year. They have now started their tour in which Yalda Abbasi, Iranian woman musician, also plays the dotar.
A Russian affairs analyst in Iran believes: “The main addressees of Putin’s recent speech were Europe and the US. But, Russia will not take Iran’s side as tensions rise and, essentially, it is not in a position to help Iran.”