JCPOA’s redemption in need of Europeans’ efforts: Kharrazi

TEHRAN, May 15 (MNA) – Head of Iran’s Foreign Policy Strategic Council and the ex-Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday that redemption of Iran’s nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, is in need of European’s efforts during the upcoming two months i.e. Iran’s 60-day ultimatum to EU.

In a meeting with the previous Prime Minister of France Jean-Pierre Raffarin in France, Kharrazi said that “Redemption of JCPOA is in need of European’s efforts to compensate for what they have not done previously.”

“Europeans’ surrender to the US pressures will end in terrible consequences,” he added.

“No one can benefit from ignoring Iran’s role in the region and its efforts to combat terrorism and narcotics,”  Kharrai said.

Raffarin, for his turn censured US’ policies saying that it has put the sovereignty of European countries under question.

“No one in France believes in US' sanctioning policies,” he said, “France supports regional negotiations to develop security and peace in the region.”

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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