FM zarif challenges E3 commitment to JCPOA
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has challenged the commitment of the three European parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and major world powers after the trio claimed that Iran risks losing the opportunity to fully realize the agreement by starting to produce uranium metal.
In a statement made on Friday, Britain, France and Germany, also referred to as the E3, said, “In escalating its non-compliance, Iran is undermining the opportunity for renewed diplomacy to fully realize the objectives of the JCPOA.”
The statement was referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“We strongly urge Iran to halt these activities without delay and not to take any new non-compliant steps on its nuclear program,” it added.
In reaction to the trio's statement, the top Iranian diplomat dismissed the statement.
The Iranian foreign minister said whatever Tehran had carried out after Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA were in line with Paragraph 36 of the deal, which provides a mechanism to resolve disputes when parties believe other signatories are not fulfilling their obligations.
He expressed doubt if the trio have “ever read Paragraph 36 of the JCPOA and Iran's many letters on that basis” and asked, “What have E3 done to fulfill their duties?”