Zarif's reaction to the US exit plan from the JCPOA

محمد جواد ظریف وزیر امور خارجه

Tehran (ISNA) - The Iranian foreign minister reacted to the plan announced recently by the former US ambassador to the United Nations on the exit of the US president from the nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"This plan will be a great failure for the United States and will increasingly isolate this country on the international scene," Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

"I studied John Bolton's plan, apparently as he could not send it to the White House, published it in the media," he added, noting that it is not the first time that Mr. Bolton is present on this scene.

“Mr. Bolton founded and continued for 10 years the policy of denouncing Iran’s enrichment and caused the number of centrifuges in Iran increased from 200 to 20 thousand.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and uber-hawk John Bolton says that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon asked him to draw up a plan for how to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in July. But after the White House ejected Bannon in August, Bolton lost access to the administration and his plan never made it to Trump's desk.

The five-page memo is basically a strategic public relations campaign to convince the world that the US has a case for pulling out of the deal. That case hinges on one central claim: that Iran is clearly violating the deal and has thus rendered it a meaningless agreement.

But experts say that this claim isn’t grounded in evidence, and that Iran is meeting international standards in complying with the deal’s requirements.

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