No need for further negotiations on JCPOA: Zarif

TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) – Iran will return to the full implementation of the nuclear agreement immediately after the full return of the United States to the JCPOA and there is no need for further negotiations in this regard, Iranian top diplomat said.

“If the United States returns to the implementation of JCPOA, immediately, we will be ready to return to full implementation of our commitments. It is simple, we do not need further negotiations", Said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a video conference with European Union.

Zarif also referred to the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA despite opposition from other parties to the nuclear deal as well as the Islamic Republic's adherence to its obligations under the JCPOA, stressing Europe's responsibility to uphold the agreement.

 Unlike Iran and the United States, Europeans are accustomed to compromising, Zarif said and added that the Americans are used to imposing sanctions and Iranians are used to resisting, so it is time to decide whether both sides should compromise and return to the commitments under the deal or continue on their path.

Criticizing the policies of the US governments towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, Foreign Minister Zarif stated that the administration of US President Joe Biden did not perform differently from the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

Regarding the possibility of the negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other countries on missile and regional issues, he said, “The missile program has nothing to do with nuclear weapons, we do not have nuclear weapons, we are not supposed to have nuclear weapons.”

Regarding the regional issues, Zarif expressed Iran’s readiness to enter into talks over regional issues.

"Is Europe ready to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia? Are they ready to stop selling weapons to the region?",  he asked.

The situation in Yemen must be resolved only through the Yemeni people, however, Saudi Arabia is not doing enough to reach an agreement aimed at ending the Yemeni conflict, elsewhere Zarif said.


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