Qassemi: World united in back­ing Iran deal against US threats

Iran Daily - - National -

Iran says the world com­mu­nity is stand­ing united against the threats posed by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to Tehran’s nu­clear agree­ment with world pow­ers.

Speak­ing at his weekly press con­fer­ence on Mon­day, Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi once again slammed Trump for un­der­min­ing the 2015 agree­ment, known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), Press TV re­ported.

“To­day the world is stand­ing against Trump and, on the is­sue of JCPOA, we hear a united global voice in sup­port of the deal and in op­po­si­tion to Tramp’s poli­cies,” Qassemi said, adding that the US pres­i­dent “is get­ting more iso­lated day by day.”

Iran and the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil – the United States, France, Bri­tain, Rus­sia and China – plus Ger­many signed the JCPOA in 2015 and started im­ple­ment­ing it months later in Jan­uary 2016.

Un­der the JCPOA, Iran un­der­took to put lim­i­ta­tions on its nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for the re­moval of nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions.

Trump re­fused dur­ing his Oc­to­ber 13 speech to for­mally cer­tify that Iran was com­ply­ing with the 2015 nu­clear deal and warned that he might ul­ti­mately ter­mi­nate the agree­ment.

His “de­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion” stands in stark con­trast to nu­mer­ous re­ports by the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) con­firm­ing Iran’s full com­mit­ment to its side of the deal.

Trump did not pull Wash­ing­ton out of the nu­clear deal, but he gave the US Congress 60 days to de­cide whether to re-im­pose eco­nomic sanc­tions against Tehran that were lifted un­der the pact. Ex­cept for the US, all other sig­na­to­ries to the JCPOA have an­nounced their sup­port for the deal and cen­sured any move that could harm it.

Qassemi fur­ther said that US au­thor­i­ties have been strug­gling to stop Iran from reap­ing the ben­e­fits of the JCPOA and in­creas­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with the world.

The Ira­nian of­fi­cial said that the For­eign Min­istry will do its best to re­move ob­sta­cles cre­ated by Wash­ing­ton in the way of for­eign in­vest­ment in the Ira­nian mar­ket.


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