Iran (not Europe) reason why JCPOA is alive
Iran’s foreign minister Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif believes
since the inception of JCPOA in July 2015 the three European signatories to the historic
nuclear deal with Iran have done practically nothing to protect it and it is
only alive due to Iran’s efforts to maintain the deal.
Zarif’s comments came in a Sunday message on twitter after three European signatories to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), accused Iran of intending to produce uranium metal-based fuel has military implications and also after his French counterpart, Jean Yves Le Drian, made the claim that Iran "is in the process of acquiring nuclear (weapons) capacity."
In an official statement on Saturday, the three European sides – the United Kingdom, Germany and France – claimed that Iran’s move to resume work on uranium metal-based fuel contravened the JCPOA, stating that under the deal, Iran had committed to not engaging in production of uranium metal or conducting research and development on uranium metallurgy for a decade and a half.
“We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPOA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal,” the trio’s statement said.
Nevertheless, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Saturday rejected the accusation and encouraged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European trio to avoid cause any “misunderstanding” surrounding the issue, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic had not yet “presented the design information questionnaire (DIQ) of the uranium metal factory” to the UN nuclear agency.
In response to the claim by the three European parties to the multilateral nuclear accprd, Zarif tweeted, “E3 leaders—who rely on signature of OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) functionaries to carry out their obligations under JCPOA—have done ZILCH to maintain JCPOA.”
He stressed that “JCPOA is alive because of Iran and not E3.”
Zarif also addressed the comments made in an interview made by his French counterpart in a Saturday interview conducted with the Journal du Dimanche.
In that interview, Le Drian claimed that the campaign of "maximum pressure" against Tehran employed by the administration of the outgoing US President Donald Trump was not successful and "only increased the risk and the threat," adding, “This has to stop because Iran and - I say this clearly - is in the process of acquiring nuclear (weapons) capacity."
US President Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of worldwide criticism.
Iran, nevertheless, remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to fulfill their end of the bargain by offsetting the effects of American bans on the Iranian economy. Iran’s commitment to the deal, even after the unilateral withdrawal of the US, is precisely why now the Iranian Foreign Minister can so proudly announce that the European Union should be grateful to Iran for the survival of said deal.