Stating that the ball is now in the US court to prove its commitment to international law, Iran’s permanent representative to Vienna-based international organizations said that the US has to make tough political decisions.
The United States has shown no determination towards removing its sanctions and returning to compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Kazem Gharibabadi 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, Gharibabadi 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.
Gharibabadi 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,” the highlighted.
The ball is now in the US court to prove it is committed to international law, he 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.
Since April, representatives from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries have been holding talks in Vienna aimed at revitalizing the JCPOA and bringing the US back to compliance.
The US has sent a delegation to Vienna but it is not attending the JCPOA Joint Commission talks directly as Washington is no longer a party to the deal. It has, however, held separate talks with the other parties to the JCPOA.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, left the JCPOA in 2018 and returned the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran as part of the agreement.
US President Joe Biden has said Washington is willing to return to the pact if Tehran first suspends its countermeasures taken in response to US violations and reimposition of sanctions.
Iran says the onus is on the US to revive the deal as it was Washington, not Tehran, that left the internationally recognized accord in defiance of global criticism.
Rouhani: Iran-Russia Relations to Be in Favor of Region, Global Issues
Stating that Russia is an important and friendly country for Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran-Russia relations will benefit the two nations, the region and global issues.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the national projects of the Ministry of Energy on Thursday morning.
Appreciating the efforts of the Ministry of Energy and all those involved in the field of water and electricity, both public and private, to achieve national projects in this sector, he said, “The important project of Sirik power plant is of great importance due to the friendly and close relations between Iran and the northern neighbor, Russia.”
The President also pointed to the good relations between Iran and Russia over the past years, adding, “In the last 8 years, the relations between the two countries have developed in various fields.”
Rouhani appreciated the Russian President Vladimir Putin due to all the efforts which have been done in the political, economic and regional aspects, saying, “Iran and Russia have very important cooperation in the issues related to Syria and important tripartite cooperation about Azerbaijan and the Caucasus. We also have very good cooperation in Eurasia with Russia and member states.”
Referring to the cooperation between Iran and Russia in the field of military and defense issues, as well as the construction of two nuclear power plants, the Iranian President said, “Our relations with Russia have become much broader than before, and efforts are underway with this country to revive JCPOA.”
“The development of relations with Russia will be in the interest of the two nations and certainly in the interest of the region and global issues,” he added.
Iranian President pointed to the agreement between Iran and Russia on the implementation of joint projects, including power plants and railways in Iran, saying, “Fortunately, moves in this direction have begun. Of course, we expected this project to start a little earlier, but some problems caused these plans to start with a delay.”
The national projects of the Ministry of Energy in Hormuzgan in the south and Ilam and Kermanshah Provinces in the west of the country were inaugurated by the President on Thursday morning through a video conference.
Source: Iranian Agencies