• Tue / 12 November 2019 / 11:00
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 98082113274
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Zarif criticizes EU/E3 for failing to upheld JCPOA commitments

Zarif criticizes EU/E3 for failing to upheld JCPOA commitments

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday criticized his European counterparts for failing to fulfill their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He made the remarks in reaction to a joint statement issued by France, Germany, Britain and the European Union on Tehran’s new step to further suspend its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.

“To my EU/E3 Colleagues:1."Fully upheld commitments under JCPOA" YOU? Really? Just show ONE that you've upheld in the last 18 months 2. Iran triggered-& exhausted-dispute resolution mechanism while you were procrastinating,” Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.

“We're now using para36 remedies Look at my 6/11/18 letter,” he added.

On Monday, the three European countries and the European Union said they were "extremely concerned" by Iran's decision to restart nuclear activities at one of its key sites.

"The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom and the High Representative of the European Union are extremely concerned by the latest announcements that Iran is restarting uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its November 11 report," they said in a joint statement, AFP reported.

"We urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the JCPOA,” it added.

The three countries warned Tehran they might trigger a dispute settlement mechanism prescribed by the deal. Under the terms agreed in 2015, the move would start a 30-day deadline for the signatories to resolve the problem. If the issue remains unsolved, it could be directed to the UN Security Council and eventually trigger the "snapback" of sanctions lifted under the deal.

"We affirm our readiness to consider all mechanisms in the (nuclear deal) including the dispute resolution mechanism, to resolve the issues," the European states said.

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