Iran receives positive information from EU over creating SPV: Zarif

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to recent claims by Reuters about removing oil sails from Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), saying that oil sails are the main axis of the financial mechanism between Iran and EU.

Following recent allegations by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Iranian foreign minister also stressed that no UN Security Council resolution has banned Iran missile tests and programs.

“Iran has always insisted on its domestic capabilities, therefore we continued our attempts with Europeans and we believe that the European sides are trying to keep relations with Iran. Europeans believe that implementing 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an essential factor for their security, so they should pay the price of security and implementing JCPOA,” he added.

 “We are in technical contact with Europeans to establish the special financial mechanism. We hope that SPV can provide our needs to some acceptable extents,” Zarif said.

On the issue of negotiation with 4+1 states over JCPOA, the top diplomat said, “The European sides were due to set up the mechanism as their first step and they have already had some attempts toward the issue”.

“We have also received some positive preliminary information from Europeans over establishing the financial mechanism, so we hope the channel get established as soon as possible,” he said, noting that practical guarantee is of great importance in the second step.

Reacting to Pompeo’s tweet about Iran missile tests, the Iranian foreign minister said,” Mr. Pompeo considers no validity for UN Security Council resolution and has withdrawn from the   JCPOA despite international commitments but they rebuke others for implementing Iran’s nuclear deal, so we expect nothing more from him”.

Stressing that Iran missile tests are not banned in JCPOA, he added,” The UN Security Council resolution 2231 is only about missiles capable of carrying nuclear warhead but it doesn’t involve any prohibition. Iran is just asked not to use the kind of missiles”.

“Iran doesn’t look for using nuclear weapons and the Iranian missiles are not developed for carrying nuclear weapons. Our missiles are actually designed for traditional warheads,” Zarif noted.

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