• Mon / 19 November 2018 / 13:41
  • Category: Politics
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Before traveling to Tehran;

Hunt says UK will stick to its commitments to JCPOA as long as Iran does

Hunt says UK will stick to its commitments to JCPOA as long as Iran does

Tehran (ISNA) – British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stressed that Iran nuclear deal remains a vital component of stability in the Middle East, saying London will stick to its commitments to the deal as long as Iran does.

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has arrived in Tehran on Monday to hold talks on the fate of Iran’s nuclear deal, the coming peace talks aimed at ending the Yemen war and other regional and international issues, according to The Independent.

Mr. Hunt is the first western foreign minister to visit the country since US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the deal and imposed sanctions on Iran and punitive penalties on foreign companies which continue to do business with Tehran.

The other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – have repeatedly stressed that Iran is abiding by the agreement, as has the UN. The European Union is putting in place commercial mechanisms aimed at compensating firms which suffer from American penalties.

Before embarking on the visit to Tehran, Hunt reiterated the UK’s commitment to the JCPOA and said, “The Iran nuclear deal remains a vital component of stability in the Middle East by eliminating the threat of a nuclearized Iran”.

“It needs 100 per cent compliance though to survive. We will stick to our side of the bargain as long as Iran does,” he added.

By reiterating baseless and malicious claims of the West and US against Iran, he said, “But we also need to see an end to destabilizing activity by Iran in the rest of the region if we are going to tackle the root causes of the challenges the region faces”.

During meetings with Iranian senior officials including Foreign Minister and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, in interventional remarks he will also call for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – the British Iranian woman who has spent two and half years under imprisonment charged with spying in Tehran.

On Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other jailed dual nationals, Mr. Hunt will claim, “More than anything, we must see those innocent British-Iranian dual nationals imprisoned in Iran returned to their families in Britain. I have just heard too many heartbreaking stories from families who have been forced to endure a terrible separation. So I arrive in Iran with a clear message for the country’s leaders: putting innocent people in prison cannot and must not be used as a tool of diplomatic leverage”.

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