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Larijani Says Time for Europe to Save Iran Nuclear Deal is Coming to an End

  • Larijani Says Time for Europe to Save Iran Nuclear Deal is Coming to an End
    TEHRAN: Iran’s powerful Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday that the time for Europe to show it can save the nuclear deal was coming to an end. “This issue must be clear that Iran’s officials will not wait for Europe’s endless promises,” Larijani, a key establishment figure, told Parliament in a televised address.

    “The time for negotiations is coming to an end and if Europe considers itself capable of maintaining the nuclear agreement, it must announce its decision explicitly and promptly, as otherwise Iran will take the next steps with regards to nuclear and other issues.”

    The United States announced last month that it was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions that would hit international businesses working in the Islamic Republic. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sunday criticized U.S. “unilateralism” in withdrawing from the nuclear deal and said he appreciated efforts by China and Russia to maintain the agreement.

    “The U.S. efforts to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all,” Rouhani told the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security grouping led by China and Russia where Iran has observer status. “The recent example of such unilateralism and the defiance of the decisions of the international community by the U.S. government is its withdrawal from the JCPOA,” he said, referring to the nuclear agreement by its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

    The other parties to the deal – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – have vowed to stay in the accord but have been scrambling to ensure Tehran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal. However, the five states appear powerless to stop their companies pulling out of Iran for fear of U.S. penalties.

    Several major companies – including France’s Total and Peugeot, and Russia’s Lukoil – have said they are preparing to exit Iran before U.S. deadlines, the last of which is Nov. 4. Speaking at the start of Saturday’s meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the SCO, Rouhani hailed close ties between Russia and Iran and said the U.S. exit from the deal warrants an “important and serious discussion between our two countries.”

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June 12, 2018 - Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , ,

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