Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Accuses Europe Of Violating Nuclear Deal
Muhammad Irfan 14 days ago Wed 15th January 2020 | 05:33 PM
European powers have violated a 2015 international nuclear deal, Iran's foreign minister told a conference in India on Wednesday, a day after Britain, France and Germany launched a complaint against Tehran for non-compliance
New Delhi, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jan, 2020 ) :European powers have violated a 2015 international nuclear deal, Iran's foreign minister told a conference in India on Wednesday, a day after Britain, France and Germany launched a complaint against Tehran for non-compliance.
The move, which came at a time of red-hot tensions between Iran and the United States, sparked anger in Tehran and on Wednesday Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif said Europe was being "bullied" by Washington.
"They are not buying oil from us, all of their companies have withdrawn from Iran. So Europe is in violation," Zarif told a conference in New Delhi, saying the future of the deal now "depends on Europe".
He added that the European Union "is the largest global economy. So why do you allow the United States to bully you around?" The accord, which makes it significantly more difficult for Iran to develop nuclear weapons undetected, was struck in Vienna by Iran, the three European nations, the United States, China and Russia.
The agreement allows a party to claim significant non-compliance by another party before a joint commission.
Tehran's latest step in January to forgo the limit on the number of machines used to make uranium more potent prompted the Europeans to trigger the mechanism.
But the three powers said they "once again express our commitment" to the deal and expressed "determination to work with all participants to preserve it." Iran's foreign ministry said in response on Tuesday that "if the Europeans... seek to abuse (this process), they must also be prepared to accept the consequences".
- 'Thoughtless' - Russia condemned the "thoughtless" European move, warning it risked causing a "new escalation".
A US State Department spokesperson said Washington fully supported the three countries, adding "further diplomatic and economic pressure is warranted".
"I think the war against Daesh (ISIS) just suffered a major setback, and Daesh just won a major victory," he said.
"Why did it happen? Because there was a crisis. People make mistakes, unforgivable mistakes, but it happened in the time of the crisis," Zarif said.