TEHRAN (Iran News) – Zarif made the remarks speaking on the sidelines of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy session, in reaction to the US attempt to issue a resolution against Iran with the IAEA Board of Governors.
He noted that such an attempt with the Board will further confuse the current situation.
“We hope that reason will prevail, otherwise we will have solutions,” Zarif said.
Western media have reported that the US is seeking to present an anti-Iran resolution in the upcoming meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Sunday that if the IAEA Board of Governors issues a resolution against Iran, Tehran will reciprocate
“U.S. admits that only after it ‘left the JCPOA, Iran has taken steps away’ while until then ‘Iran was living up to its limits.’ That US behavior—the CAUSE—has not changed,” Zarif said in a tweet on Thursday.
The foreign minister was referring to U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price’s remarks during his February 24 press briefing, at which he said that Iran started to reduce its nuclear commitments with the 2015 nuclear deal – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)- after the U.S. withdrew from it.
“Over the course of the past couple years – ever since May of 2018 when the United States left the JCPOA, Iran has taken steps away from the nuclear deal, the nuclear deal that, when it was in effect, was verifiably and permanently blocking Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear weapon,” Price claimed.
The spokesperson pointed out, “We can’t go back to the Joint Commission and make clear when we think Iran has come into violation of the JCPOA. Look, again, I would point you to the fact that we have full faith and full confidence in the director-general of the IAEA, full faith and full confidence in the IAEA. The IAEA, while the Iran deal, while the JCPOA was in full effect, while Iran was abiding by it, they expressed confidence that Iran was living up to its limits.”
Priced added, “Now, this is a – not an uncomplicated set of issues, and I know you’re referring to some of these technical matters. But the IAEA – and I certainly wouldn’t want to speak to them, but I suspect if you go and ask them, they will tell you that they were satisfied by Iran’s compliance with the deal. Iran was complying with the deal.”
Zarif also criticized the European signatories to the JCPOA – France, Germany, and the UK (E3)- for not doing business with Iran for three years after the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.
- source : IRNA