US must understand JCPOA is not a bilateral agreement: Zarif

 مصاحبه ظریف درباره وضعیت امریکا در خاورمیانه

Tehran (ISNA) - The Iranian foreign minister said the United States must understand that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a bilateral but multilateral agreement.

In an interview with The New York Times last week in the United States, part of which was published Monday, July 24, the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "The JCPOA is not an agreement between Iran and the United States, and Washington must realize that it is a multilateral deal".

“America needs to also understand that the international community believes that the Iranian nuclear agreement is successful and it has achieved what it set out to achieve,” the senior Iranian diplomat noted.

In another part of the interview, Zarif referred to the Trump administration's position on the nuclear deal and stated: "I believe the United States is showing minimum compliance with the JCPOA but certainly the US, particularly after the new administration has not taken the necessary measures in order to be full compliance".

According to Zarif, but at the same time, it takes some political will on the part of the US to live up to its commitments under the deal. He believes it is important for everybody to try to implement in good faith and he believes at the end of the day would be in the interested of everybody that the Iranian population would see the benefits of implementing the deal.

“The US needs to make up its mind whether it wants to continue benefiting from the extreme the positive outcome of this agreement for all concerns. Of course, nobody got everything they wanted to. That’s the name of the game, that’s what the bargain means and I believe everybody should be happy with the bargain, otherwise it would be a totally different story,” he concluded.

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