US in no po­si­tion to un­der­mine nu­clear deal: Iran

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Iran said Mon­day the United States has for­feited all rights to bring the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal’s achieve­ments into doubt, urg­ing Wash­ing­ton and its Euro­pean al­lies against try­ing to dam­age the agree­ment any fur­ther.

“The Amer­i­cans, due to their de­struc­tive ac­tions against the JCPOA and Res­o­lu­tion 2231, have lost the po­si­tion to ques­tion the deal’s achieve­ments,” For­eign Min­istry spokesman Seyyed Ab­bas Mousavi told a press con­fer­ence in Tehran.

The Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) is the of­fi­cial name of the his­toric nu­clear ac­cord that was signed be­tween the Is­lamic Repub­lic and the US, the UK, France, Rus­sia, and China plus Ger­many in Vi­enna in 2015, while Res­o­lu­tion 2231 refers to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that en­shrined the deal af­ter it was con­cluded, Press TV re­ported.

The agree­ment led to a num­ber of achieve­ments, in­clud­ing changes to Iran’s nu­clear en­ergy pro­gram and the lift­ing of nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions against the

Is­lamic Repub­lic. It also fore­saw the re­moval of an arms em­bargo against the coun­try in Oc­to­ber 2020.

The United States, how­ever, be­gan dis­cred­it­ing the JCPOA in 2018 by leav­ing the ac­cord and re­turn­ing the sanc­tions. And now, it is try­ing to pre­vent the re­moval of the arms em­bargo, although, it is no longer a JCPOA part­ner.

Mousavi crit­i­cized Wash­ing­ton and its West­ern al­lies’ at­ti­tude to­ward Iran’s de­fense ca­pa­bil­ity as wit­nessed, among other things, in their bid to ex­tend the em­bargo, call­ing their ap­proach “in­ad­mis­si­ble.”

The coun­try “does not stand on cer­e­mony when it comes to its de­fense ca­pa­bil­ity,” he added, and ad­vised the al­lies to stop try­ing to vi­o­late the res­o­lu­tion.

Ex­ten­sion of the arms em­bargo “car­ries its own reper­cus­sions,” the of­fi­cial said, warn­ing that Tehran has planned sev­eral “spe­cial mea­sures” to take in the event of the ban’s pro­lon­ga­tion.

He, how­ever, said, “We pre­dict another de­feat for the US in this area,” adding, “I don’t think things will pro­ceed in such a way (as far as the em­bargo’s ex­ten­sion).”

US elec­tions

The Is­lamic Repub­lic would not in­ter­fere in the US or any other coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs, Mousavi said, turn­ing to the is­sue of Amer­ica’s up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial vote.

What goes on be­tween Amer­i­can can­di­dates con­cerns their own in­ter­nal and party po­lit­i­cal af­fairs and “is of no con­se­quence to us how they choose to de­cide their coun­try’s fate,” he noted.

What is im­por­tant for Iran is Amer­ica’s re­gional pol­icy, ac­cord­ing to which Iran reg­u­lates its be­hav­ior, the of­fi­cial pointed out.

Re­gional fight against ter­ror

Mousavi then ad­dressed a re­cent co­in­ci­dence be­tween Iran and Turkey’s at­tacks on the ter­ror­ist Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party’s el­e­ments along the coun­tries’ bor­ders.

De­spite the co­in­ci­dence, there was cur­rently no joint op­er­a­tion against the anti-ankara separatist group, he said, but no­ti­fied that the anti-ter­ror fight was on the joint agenda of the re­gional coun­tries, in­clud­ing Iran, Turkey, and Iraq where the ter­ror­ists could en­gage in bor­der area ac­tiv­ity.

Euro­pean havens for ter­ror­ists

The spokesman re­newed the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s crit­i­cism of some Euro­pean coun­tries for their pro­vid­ing safe havens for anti-iran groups, in­clud­ing the ter­ror­ist cult of the Mu­ja­hedin Khalq Or­ga­ni­za­tion (MKO) that is re­spon­si­ble for slay­ing around 17,000 Ira­ni­ans since the 1979 vic­tory of Iran’s Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion.

Iran has, time and again, cau­tioned the coun­tries against hous­ing the ter­ror­ists, who have the blood of the Ira­nian peo­ple on their hands, he said, adding the is­sue of their ac­com­mo­dat­ing the ter­ror­ists con­sti­tutes “one of our main is­sues with the Euro­peans.”

The Is­lamic Repub­lic won­ders how those Euro­pean states sud­denly took the MKO out of their ter­ror lists, Mousavi said.

He, how­ever, called the MKO “a dis­in­te­grated and dis­placed group in Europe,” whose ef­fec­tu­al­ity does not go much be­yond caus­ing so­cial me­dia fan­fare.

Hu­man­i­tar­ian block­ade on Iran

The of­fi­cial, mean­while, pointed to the on­go­ing pre­ven­tion of the trans­fer of hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies to the Is­lamic Repub­lic.

He re­minded how these sup­plies, in­clud­ing med­i­cal items, were ex­empted from the US’S il­le­gal sanc­tions af­ter Tehran won an In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice case against Wash­ing­ton.

“Although, med­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian items are ex­empt from the bans, they have prac­ti­cally blocked their en­trance into the coun­try,” Mousavi said.

“Here, we’re ad­dress­ing the Euro­pean firms and coun­tries, for whom the hu­man rights is­sues are ap­par­ently very im­por­tant,” he said.

Fugi­tive judge’s death

The of­fi­cial sep­a­rately urged Ro­ma­nia to trust Iran with more in­for­ma­tion in the af­ter­math of a fugi­tive for­mer Ira­nian judge’s re­cent death in Bucharest.

Gho­lam­reza Man­souri’s body was found at a ho­tel in the Ro­ma­nian cap­i­tal ear­lier in June. Man­souri was a co-de­fen­dant in a ma­jor fi­nan­cial cor­rup­tion trial that is cur­rently un­der­way in Iran.

“There are some am­bi­gu­i­ties con­cern­ing this is­sue, and the Ro­ma­nian gov­ern­ment has not done any­thing yet, de­spite our re­quests,” Mousavi said.

He asked Bucharest to help Iran clar­ify the mat­ter in light of the case’s “sen­si­tiv­ity and com­plex­ity.”

The cor­rup­tion case also in­volves for­mer deputy head of the Ju­di­ciary Ak­bar Tabari. Prior to Man­souri’s death, Iran had urged that he be rounded up and ex­tra­dited to the coun­try.


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