Iran has made necessary decisions to return to pre-JCPOA era: security official

TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) – The Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani has said Iran has made necessary decisions amid lack of action on the part of JCPOA signatories against the US pressures.

Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Tehran on Monday.

According to the website of Supreme National Security Council of Iran, the two officials discussed bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interests.

Shamkhani in the meeting criticized the lack of action on the part of European countries against the US pressures after its illegal withdrawal from the nuclear deal in violation of the UN resolutions, saying “the nuclear talks were hosted by the Europeans and the JCPOA was obtained through their efforts and its violation would mean violation of the credibility and political status of the European Union by the United States.”

The Iranian top security official said that the European countries’ support for the US and its allies in the region would discredit them in the eyes of the people of Iran and the region.

He added “given the lack of action on the part of other parties to the deal against the US inappropriate behavior, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made necessary decisions to deal with their approach and the possibility of returning to the pre-JCPOA era.”

He went on to express his dissatisfaction with the level of bilateral economic relations and the banking relations between Iran and the UK.

Shamkhani also pointed to the UK-based media network’s support for anti-Iran groups such as the one which was responsible for the deadly terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, saying “the UK government is expected to make its stance against terrorism and human rights violations clear.”

He went on to condemn UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE-led coalition which contribute to their war crimes in Yemen.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, for his part, expressed his satisfaction with the visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran and meetings with the high authorities of the country.

Hunt stressed the need for pursuing and resolving the problems that the US government has created for financial transactions and banking relations with Iran.

He stressed that Europe is willing to preserve the JCPOA and is seeking to create an independent financial system and is seriously looking for putting it into operation.

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