Eu­rope Stances on Iran “Very Good”, But Progress Slow

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TEHRAN (PressTV) - An Ira­nian deputy for­eign min­is­ter has com­mended the po­lit­i­cal stances of the Eu­ro­pean Union in sup­port­ing the coun­try in face of US sanc­tions, but crit­i­cized the rate of the bloc’s progress to­wards the en­act­ment of mech­a­nisms to keep a nu­clear deal with the Is­lamic Repub­lic alive.

“Their po­lit­i­cal stances have been very good,” Ab­bas Araqchi said, and cri­tiqued “their fail­ure so far to bring about oper­a­tional ap­proaches and meet our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

He was speak­ing in re­sponse to a ques­tion about a de­ci­sion made by the EU to set up a ‘spe­cial-pur­pose ve­hi­cle’ (SPV) to by­pass the U.S. sanc­tions, the Ira­nian news agency the Young Jour­nal­ists Club re­ported on Fri­day.

“It is a fact that the Euro­peans moved much slower than we ex­pected” in the di­rec­tion of in­tro­duc­ing the sys­tem, Araqchi said.

He, how­ever, ex­pressed hope that “in a very near fu­ture, this mech­a­nism will be an­nounced and for­mally reg­is­tered in Eu­rope be­fore go­ing grad­u­ally oper­a­tional.”

Eu­rope pos­sessed an ”ob­vi­ous and clear” po­lit­i­cal will to help the Is­lamic Repub­lic in the face of the sanc­tions, the of­fi­cial noted. He called it “un­prece­dented” for the con­ti­nent to sup­port a coun­try, es­pe­cially Iran, in face of U.S. sanc­tions.

As an in­stance of the Eu­ro­pean will, he cited a move by British, French, and Ger­man for­eign and fi­nance min­is­ters to sign a joint state­ment with the Eu­ro­pean Union’s for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini last week, in which they pledged to work to­gether to cre­ate the SPV.

“Ex­pert work is still un­der­way,” the deputy for­eign min­is­ter noted, and said that there were many le­gal com­pli­ca­tions and as­pects to the evo­lu­tion of such a sys­tem. At the same time, a sim­i­lar mech­a­nism had to be es­tab­lished in­side Iran to be able to in­ter­act with the Eu­ro­pean one, he noted.

The Eu­ro­pean par­ties to the nu­clear deal com­prised the US, the UK, France, Rus­sia, China and Ger­many. The US with­drew in May and an­nounced on Mon­day that it had re­stored all the sanc­tions against Iran that had been lifted un­der the ac­cord. Sep­a­rately, he re­marked on re­cent com­ments by U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, in which he had al­leged that Iran would not re­store its nu­clear work to lev­els that ex­isted be­fore the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the nu­clear deal.

Araqchi said if Pom­peo was cer­tain that Iran would not go back, it was prob­a­bly be­cause the U.S. still knew that the nu­clear agree­ment was still to the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s ben­e­fit. The Ira­nian of­fi­cial, how­ever, em­pha­sized that Iran’s nu­clear en­ergy pro­gram had never stopped, adding that it was go­ing on “force­fully.” He fur­ther stressed that the coun­try had slowed down the progress of its nu­clear en­ergy ac­tiv­i­ties in some ar­eas.

Tehran was now in a bet­ter po­si­tion to re­store the pace of the ac­tiv­i­ties, and even give them a faster pace, but do­ing so would de­pend on what suited the coun­try’s in­ter­ests, Araqchi said.

“We do not fall for Pom­peo and his like­minded peo­ple’s provo­ca­tions. The Is­lamic Repub­lic has so far moved on very smartly and wisely, avoid­ing emo­tion­ally-charged ac­tions,” Araqchi con­cluded.

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