Iranian Envoy: Ball in US Court
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-based International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi said that the US should make difficult decisions and prove its commitment to the nuclear deal undertakings and international laws.
The US has shown no determination towards removing its sanctions and returning to compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Qaribabadi said on late Wednesday.
“It remains to be seen whether the United States has the necessary determination and readiness to give up its addiction to use unilateral coercive measures, respect international law, fulfill its commitments to fully and effectively remove sanctions [against Tehran] and make the necessary tough decisions in this regard,” he added.
Referring to Iran’s countermeasures taken in response to US violations and as per a provision in the JCPOA regarding non-compliance of parties, Qaribabadi noted that Tehran’s move to suspend some of its commitments did not affect its cooperation with the IAEA.
“Even under such circumstances, the IAEA was able to verify and monitor what Iran had done in this regard, which was recognized as exceptional cooperation even during the coronavirus outbreak,” he underlined.
The Iranian envoy also pointed to the Vienna talks on the possible revival of the JCPOA and the return of the US to full compliance, saying that Iran has robustly and purposefully attended in the talks that have brought together the remaining signatories to the deal.
“It is important that the efforts lead to adequate guarantees that all sanctions will be removed in a verifiable manner, and we are not once again faced with a critical situation resulting from the US exit from the agreement, abuse of the mechanisms in the JCPOA or violations of all obligations under it while Iran has been fully committed to the provisions of the JCPOA,” he highlighted.
The ball is now in the US court to prove it is committed to international law, Qaribabadi added, saying that Iran, for its part, has time and again stated that it will reverse its compensatory steps and will resume its nuclear commitments” after the other sides have implemented their commitments, in particular, the removal of sanctions completely, effectively and in a verifiable way.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.