Qassemi: World united in backing Iran deal against US threats
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.