Iran's Envoy Urges US Guarantees for Economic Benefits Under JCPOA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi reiterated Tehran's demand from Washington for economic guarantees under any possible agreement on the restoration of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Speaking at the 10th nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York on Wednesday, Takht Ravanchi stated that the main obstacle to the revival of the 2015 agreement is Washington’s failure to give assurances that Tehran will fully enjoy the economic benefits of the accord.
He added that Iran had acted responsibly and with strategic patience as well as maximum resistance during the course of negotiations to revive the pact.
The ambassador stated that Tehran had been negotiating in good faith with the five remaining parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – in order to ensure the full implementation of the deal.
Takht Ravanchi noted that "the onus was now on the United States to give assurances that Iran will enjoy the economic benefits promised in the agreement".
"Iran will roll back its remedial nuclear measures and fully honor its nuclear-related commitments in accordance with the 2015 agreement once the US makes the right decision," he pointed out.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Takht Ravanchi said more than half a century after NPT entered into force in 1970, there were still thousands of nuclear weapons deployed and stockpiled, and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent to replace and upgrade nuclear arsenals.
“For instance, the United States has recently increased the role and number of its nuclear weapons; and this modernization costs around $1.2 trillion. The United Kingdom has announced its intention to develop and build 80 new nuclear warheads. France is spending billions of euros to gradually augment and upgrade its nuclear weapons and their launch platforms,” the Iranian diplomat added.
He underscored that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should carry out its professional duties free from interference by third parties, particularly the intelligence services that provide unsubstantiated allegations.
Takht Ravanchi emphasized that non-proliferation provisions should be applied globally and without exception.
“Unfortunately, as a result of the application of double standards in enforcing non-proliferation provisions, the Zionist regime’s nuclear weapons, developed with the support and assistance of the US, continue to pose a serious threat to the security of Middle Eastern member states of the treaty,” the official underlined.
The Iran’s UN envoy stated that Israel, since its inception in 1948, has committed all international core crimes, namely aggression against all its neighbors, war crimes, crimes against humanity and occupation of the territories of several neighboring countries.
He called on NPT member states to adopt appropriate deterrent measures against the law-breaking Tel Aviv regime.
“If this regime commits such foolish aggression, it will pay a heavy price. Furthermore, the supreme interests of our country, as a state party to the Treaty, will be jeopardized,” Takht Ravanchi continued.
“The Review Conference should promptly address this threat of the Israeli regime. The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supports the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East and expresses its deep concern over the long delay in implementation of the 1995 Resolution and the 2010 Plan of Action on the Middle East,” he noted.
Iranian officials say the ball is in the US' court, and the administration of President Joe Biden should assure Tehran that it will not repeat Donald Trump's past mistakes.
Iran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal have held several rounds of negotiations since April last year to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by Trump in May 2018.
In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.
Iranian officials have criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear talks, and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized the Tehran's will to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement, and stressed that the US should lift unilateral sanctions, and assure Iran that it will not repeat its past mistakes.
Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi has recently said that Tehran's trade and political cooperation with other nations has increased considerably, and added that the US sanctions against his country are detrimental to the world economy, especially Europe.