Diplo­mat: JCPOA to die if oth­ers bow to U.S. pres­sure

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN – The new Ira­nian am­bas­sador to Ja­pan said on Wed­nes­day that the 2015 nu­clear deal will die if other coun­tries bow to U.S. pres­sure, urg­ing Ja­pan, China, Rus­sia and the Euro­pean Union to take es­sen­tial steps to save the deal, of­fi­cially re­ferred to as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA).

While ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude for Ja­pan’s con­sis­tent sup­port for the JCPOA, Morteza Rah­mani-Mo­va­hed, who as­sumed the post in July, told a press con­fer­ence at the Ja­pan Na­tional Press Club that he hopes the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment will pro­tect com­pa­nies and banks to dis­pel their wor­ries about trade with Iran, The Daily Manila Shim­bun re­ported.

Rah­mani-Mo­va­hed fur­ther urged the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment to take mea­sures to main­tain bi­lat­eral trade amid mount­ing U.S. pres­sure on Tehran.

Fol­low­ing the U.S. with­drawal from the JCPOA and the reim­po­si­tion of sanc­tions against Iran, Ja­panese com­pa­nies and com­mer­cial banks sus­pended busi­ness with Iran, for fear of U.S. sanc­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2015 nu­clear deal - signed be­tween Iran, the Euro­pean Union, the EU trio (Ger­man, France, Bri­tain) the U.S., Rus­sia and China – Tehran agreed to put lim­its on its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties in ex­change for ter­mi­na­tion of eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions.

The am­bas­sador said the sus­pen­sion of bank trans­ac­tions has, in par­tic­u­lar, caused a cri­sis to busi­nesses such as drugs and med­i­cal ser­vices

The Ira­nian gov­ern­ment hopes to pro­vide sup­port for Ja­panese im­porters such as in­sur­ance re­lated to crude oil ship­ments and fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments if they hope to con­tinue im­port­ing from Iran, he said.

Iran ex­pects the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment to make ef­forts and pro­vide re­as­sur­ances for ex­pan­sion of eco­nomic re­la­tions by sup­port­ing Ja­panese firms, he added,

He also crit­i­cized the ad­min­is­tra­tion of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for its uni­lat­eral with­drawal from the nu­clear deal in May, say­ing that the U.S. gov­ern­ment can­not be trusted.

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