TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that he has so far written six letters to activate the Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) of the 2015 nuclear deal and will soon publish all his letters.
“Don’t believe the hype: Iran triggered #JCPOA DRM on at least 6 occasions (in ref to US AND E3 violations),” Zarif tweeted.
He referred to the six occasions as:
“16 Dec, 2016 (U.S.)
“10 May, 2018 (U.S.)
“17 June, 2018 (U.S.)
“6, Nov, 2018 (U.S. & EU3)
“8 May, 2019 (U.S. & EU3)
“2 July, 2020 (EU3)
“I will be publishing all my letters shortly.”
Zarif wrote the letters based on Article 36 of the historic Nuclear Agreement officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
According to the article, “If Iran believed that any or all of the E3/EU+3 were not meeting their commitments under this JCPOA, Iran could refer the issue to the Joint Commission for resolution”.
On July 3, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi announced that Zarif has sent a letter to High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell referring the cases of European countries’ non-compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal to its Joint Commission.
Mousavi said that the letter was sent following the irresponsible and illegal move made by the three European signatories of the nuclear deal (Germany, Britain, and France) in presenting a draft resolution at the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as their continued non-abidance with the commitments under the deal.
Borrell, the coordinator of the JCPOA between Iran and other signatories of the nuclear deal, reacted to Zarif’s letter by releasing a statement on July 4 in which he said he believed that the JCPOA “is a historic achievement for global nuclear non-proliferation contributing to regional and global security.”
The EU’s top diplomat added that he remained determined to preserve it, AP reported.
Meanwhile, Russia reacted to the recent developments by releasing a statement on July 5 in which Moscow called on the signatories to the Iran nuclear deal “to seek solutions to the crisis without resorting to emergency measures,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.
According to the Russian News Agency (Tass), the Foreign Ministry’s added that it is crucial “to be guided by those lofty goals enshrined in the JCPOA and Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council” despite problems and disagreements and to try to communicate.”
“Russia’s fundamental position is that any questions arising during the implementation of the JCPOA should be resolved within the Joint Commission,” Tass further quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry statement.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews