• Mon / 23 April 2018 / 15:14
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Tehran has three broad choices if US steps back from JCPOA: FM Zarif

Tehran has three broad choices if US steps back from JCPOA: FM Zarif

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister emphasized that if US wants to kill the nuclear deal, it has to face the consequences.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking with the New Yorker in New York, said that if US President Donald Trump’s administration wants to withhold the next round of Iran sanctions waivers due May 12 and effectively killing the nuclear deal, they have that option, but they have to face the consequences.

“It’s dangerous to be arrogant, very dangerous. For fifteen months, Trump has already tried to sabotage the accord by disrupting normal business with Iran. It’s important for Iran to receive the benefits of the agreement,” he added.

“Tehran has three broad choices if Trump opts out. In the first, Iran could withdraw from the deal, terminate compliance, and resume—even increase—its uranium enrichment. Iran’s second option exploits a dispute mechanism in the deal, which allows any party to file a formal complaint with a commission established to adjudicate violations,” Mr. Zarif stated.

Iran has filed eleven complaints—to Federica Mogherini, the E.U.’s foreign-policy chief, who heads the commission—citing U.S. violations on three different counts. The objective of the process is to bring the United States into compliance,” he said.

“Iran’s third option is the most drastic: the country could decide to walk away from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or N.P.T. but Tehran has not yet make a decision,” Iranian foreign minister went on to say.

“Iran is not a monolith. The public’s mood had shifted over the past year and distrust toward the US is deeper. The United States has not only failed to implement its side but is even asking for more,” he said.

“That’s a very dangerous message to send to the people of Iran, but also to the people of the world—that you should never come to an agreement with the United States, because, at the end of the day, the operating principle for the United States is ‘what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable’,” Mr. Zarif added.

Answered to the question that if there was a prospect, if the deal dies, that Iran would negotiate again with the United States, Zarif said, “Diplomacy never dies. But it doesn’t mean that there is only one avenue for diplomacy, and that is the United States. Whatever Iran’s final decision, it won’t be very pleasant to the United States. That I can say. That’s a consensus”.

“Any compromise that adds new conditions or interpretations was a non-starter. We don’t condone it, and we don’t believe it’s useful or fruitful or conducive to a better implementation of the [deal], and they know that to be our position.The only scenario that we can deal with is for the Europeans to talk to the Trump Administration to start, once and for all, complying with the deal,” Mr. Zarif said about Europe’s efforts to appease President Trump by trying to ramp up pressure on Iran in order to convince him for staying in the nuclear deal.

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