Iran's Kharrazi urges European Union to stand up to USA pressure

25 June, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi

Iran announced a list of 15 demands for improving relations with the United States, including a USA return to the 2015 nuclear accord, in response to a similar list of demands made by Washington last month.

"The next step is to find guarantees for that package", he said, adding that Iran needed specifics on how that would happen by the end of May.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araqchi on Friday, June 22.

The US withdrew from the deal on May 8, when President Donald Trump refused to renew sanctions waivers on Iran and imposed tough new sanctions instead. Iran has warned the remaining parties to the deal that if its economic interests are not guaranteed under the agreement it will remove the cap on its nuclear activities.


"What matters for us is the dividends of the deal".

The European Union, along with leaders of the other countries party to the JCPOA (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China) have all reiterated their commitment to the JCPOA.

Zarif said the ultimatum was a "desperate reaction" and an attempt to justify Washington's unilateral withdrawal from world powers' nuclear agreement with Iran. "Now that "few weeks" are nearly over or is going to be over very soon", Araqchi added.

The member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team said there is no positive prospect for continuation of negotiations with Europe but as Iran has made many sacrifices to preserve the JCPOA, Europe should follow suit. Because of the American measures, a number of major European corporations, including German engineering company Siemens and French oil giant Total, have abruptly pulled out of business deals with Iran that were agreed after the majority of the sanctions were lifted in 2015.

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