Iran awaiting fulfillment of Europeans’ promises: Gov. spox

TEHRAN, Sep. 04 (MNA) – The spokesman of the Iranian government, Ali Rabiei said on Wednesday that despite its decision to take the third step of reducing its JCPOA commitments on the set date, Iran still awaits Europeans making their promise of purchasing its oil and letting Iran access the money.  

Making the remarks after the Cabinet meeting, he told reporters that “we are waiting for Europeans while the French are in the US to receive the permission.”

Addressing the issue of the French $15 billion letter of credit for Iran, he underlined that this money should be accessible to Iran to make the country able in doing its purchases.

He added that 19 issues of disagreement with other parties have reduced now to three ones, saying “the most important of these agreements was letting Iran have access to money and sell its oil.”

“I think we have made some improvements and the rest is just to receive the permits in the last months of 2019,” he added.

Following his extensive talks in Paris on ways to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, France's foreign minister Le Drian on Tuesday said talks with Iran over the creation of credit lines guaranteed by Iranian oil revenues were continuing.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told reporters on Wednesday in Slovenia that the focus of talks with the French side is on oil sale and ways to facilitate Iran's free access to its revenues.

“Iran has repeatedly stated that it will resume full implementation of its commitments to the JCPOA only when it can freely sell its oil and fully access its oil revenues. France’s initiative is exactly about this issue,” Araghchi said.

“Europe should either purchase Iran’s oil, or provide us with a $15 billion letter of credit, which can in fact be considered as pre-purchasing our oil,” he added.

“After receiving the $15 billion package, Iran is ready to hold talks with the remaining signatories to the JCPOA; but the truth is that there are still serious differences in opinions between the two sides on the agenda of these talks,” he said.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not, under any circumstances, negotiate with any side over its red lines,” Araghchi stressed.

The Iranian diplomat then voiced doubt that European countries could take an effective measure to live up to their commitments before September 7, which is Iran’s deadline for taking the third step in scaling down commitments to the JCPOA. He said Iran would thus take the step on the exact date.

As a first step, Iran increased its enriched uranium stockpile to beyond the 300 kilograms set by the JCPOA. Next, it announced that it had begun enriching uranium to purity rates beyond the JCPOA-limit of 3.76 percent.

Araghchi then dismissed rumors over the possibility of a meeting between President Rouhani and President Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting, saying “such a meeting is by no means on agenda. As Mr. Rouhani has stressed, not only there is no chance for a bilateral meeting with Trump, but also, there won’t be any grounds for the presence of US in Iran’s talks with the remaining sides to the JCPOA as long as Washington has not returned to the deal and lifted all nuclear sanctions against Iran.”

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