Iranian FM Criticizes Britain, EU for Inaction on US Moves against JCPOA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss rapped London and other European states for keeping mum and indifferent to the US moves against the nuclear deal.
The meeting was held on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th Session in New York.
The European attitude was helping “the US administration keep enforcing its illegal sanctions [against Iran], while at the same time laying claim to seeking a return to the JCPOA”, Amir Abdollahian said.
Iran has been given many words and promises alleging that the West intended to revisit its JCPOA approach, the Iranian top diplomat said. There, however, have been no actions, he added.
“Unfortunately, the UK has been part of this inaction too, and this approach should change,” Amir Abdollahian said.
“This is the obvious inconsistency that is being witnessed by the Iranian nation,” he said, adding, “For the current Iranian Administration, measurable actions on the part of the other parties in the JCPOA form the only yardstick.”
Separately, the Iranian official urged that the UK take action towards repaying its debt towards Iran.
Britain owes as much as £400m to Iran arising from the non-delivery of Chieftain tanks ordered by Iran's former monarchical regime. An international arbitration in 2008 ruled the UK owed the debt.
Rebuilding of the bilateral ties took serious action, Amir Abdollahian asserted, urging London to note that taking such action on its obligations constituted the only means of reconstructing the relations.
Tehran responds proportionately to any positive and constructive step, he, meanwhile, pledged.
Truss, for her part, alleged that the UK was prepared to repay the debt.
Concerning the JCPOA, she claimed that the main focus currently rested on resumption of the talks.
Iran and the other five remaining parties to the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that is, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, have held six rounds of talks in Vienna to salvage the faltering agreement by bringing the US, as the violator of the deal, back into compliance.
In quitting the JCPOA in May 2018, the administration of former US President Donald Trump reinstated the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the accord, while mounting pressure on the country with new bans, as the other parties stood by and failed to protect Iran’s contractual benefits.
During his first televised address to the Iranian people, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi dismissed the idea of holding negotiations over the JCPOA revival under pressure, saying such tactics have never yielded the US and Europe any result.
“Negotiation and dialog have always been and will continue to be part of the instruments that are in the service of diplomacy. We do not balk at negotiation and dialogue,” he said, adding, “But the Americans and the Westerners are after negotiation in conjunction with pressure. This is while negotiations are there to avoid pressure.”