Larijani censures E3 for lack of practical response to JCPOA commitments

TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, on Tuesday, criticized Europeans’ behavior toward meeting their commitments on Iran’s nuclear deal, saying that “during the past 10 days, as of Iran’s 60-day-ultimatum to EU, Europeans have not taken any specific measures about the issue.”

“Europeans have not taken any specific measure about banking transactions during the past year since the US withdrawal from JCPOA and Iran’s 60-day-deadline is considered as another opportunity for them,” a Parliament member Hossein-Ali Haji Daligani quoted Larijani as saying during the Parliament’s closed session on Tuesday morning.

The Iranian Parliament on Tuesday held a closed session to address the country’s decision on reducing commitments to the nuclear deal and its 60-day ultimatum to the remaining signatories to the JCPOA.

As reported on Monday from a press conference in Brussels after EU Foreign Ministers' Summit, European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has hoped that financial channel between Iran and EU dubbed “INSTEX” would become operational in the next few weeks.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday — one year the after US withdrawal from the JCPOA — that Tehran would partially discontinue its commitments under the deal. The Iranian president gave Europe 60 days to ensure Iran's interests were protected under the agreement. Otherwise, Tehran is ready to take further steps towards scrapping the nuclear deal, Rouhani added.

On Thursday, EU rejected Iran’s ultimatum on JCPOA, which calls on the bloc to make good on their commitments to the nuclear deal in the next two months or Tehran would start suspending some of its own.

On the same day, Mogherini told reporters that the bloc remains fully committed to the full implementation of the JCPOA, saying so far Iran has been fully compliant with all of its nuclear-related commitments. She also voiced hope that the EU's full commitment to preserve the agreement would contribute to preserve it in the future.

Some Iranian Parliament members have also criticized EU’s rejection of Iran’s ultimatum on JCPOA.

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