EU Urged to Push U.S. For JCPOA Commitment
TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani called on the European Union to remain fully committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and also compel the US to live up to its commitments under the nuclear agreement by sending a “decisive message.”
“We expect the European Union, firstly, to carry out the JCPOA deal completely, and secondly, to press the U.S. to honor its commitments under the JCPOA,” President Rouhani said on Saturday, stressing that Washington should be given a decisive message.
He made the comments in a meeting with President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Siegfried Bracke, here in Tehran.
He also referred to the IAEA as the only entity that is authorized to verify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, in an apparent reaction to the U.S. president who has repeatedly accused Iran of violating the spirit of the JCPOA. Elsewhere in his comments, President Rouhani voiced his administration’s resolve to broaden ties with the EU, hoping that friendly countries, including Belgium, would participate more actively in the economic and trade interaction with Iran.
The Iranian president further touched upon regional issues and terrorism, adding “terrorist attacks on Tehran and Brussels show that the two countries have a common enemy and need to have closer cooperation with one another in combating terrorism.” Bracke, for his part, said Belgium is determined to expand relations with Iran.
Highlighting the significance that Belgium and the EU attach to the JCPOA, the Belgian official said the European Union would do its utmost to fulfil the JCPOA undertakings.
Siegfried Bracke further underscored Iran’s important role in the political and strategic arenas in the region, adding “cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in this field will benefit all countries combating terrorism. Brussels, as a victim of terrorism itself, is determined to have a closer cooperation with Tehran in this regard.”
Iran and the six powers reached a conclusion over the text of the nuclear deal in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.