Europeans must bear expenses for long-term interests: Iran FM
Tehran (KNA) - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says European countries must be ready to bear the expenses if they want to safeguard their long-term interests in the face of the United States’ law-breaking behavior after quitting a nuclear deal with Iran.
Zarif made the remarks while addressing reporters in Tehran on Monday after attending a session at the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy in which he briefed the lawmakers on the current state of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The United States has ramped up pressure on Iran after US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington in May from the landmark nuclear agreement, reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
The top Iranian diplomat said the European countries have so far cooperated with Iran for the implementation of the JCPOA, including by activating the Blocking Statute and allowing the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance or encourage medium and small enterprises to work with Iran.
“If these measures are to be fruitful, the Europeans need to be prepared to take their interests with respect to Iran, the region and global order into consideration, so that the Americans will not be able to impose their own views on others. In fact, they must be ready to pay a price,” Zarif pointed out.
He added, “Europeans have been very good in declaring their positions [on the JCPOA], but to pay that price, they need to make a decision and they have only a limited time for that decision and cannot wait forever.”