News ID: 271523
Published: 0536 GMT July 14, 2020

Abandoning JCPOA discredited US: Govt. spokesman

Abandoning JCPOA discredited US: Govt. spokesman

The spokesman of Iran's government has blasted the United States for its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) saying Washington has been sidelined in the world since it left the historic nuclear deal in 2018.

"The US discredited and isolated itself in the world as its exit from the nuclear deal that it has clinched on July 14, 2015, was not comparable to its exit from other international treaties," Ali Rabiei said in an address made on July 14, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the nuclear deal signing in 2015, IRNA reported.

He regretted that the JCPOA has lost its function to a great extent over the past years due to the US quitting.

"The Americans did not allow the Iranian people to benefit from the JCPOA's advantages and they also suffered a lot of damages in the international arena and even in the public opinion inside their own country," Rabiei said.

Noting that violating the JCPOA can certainly not change the realities, he added, “Iran with the JCPOA agreement showed that all propaganda of the past decade or more surrounding its peaceful nuclear activities were discredited."

The historic nuclear deal was signed in July 14, 2015, between Iran and 5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and China) in Vienna, Austria.

The deal ended more than a decade of nuclear dispute between the two sides over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

However, in May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally announced Washington’s withdrawal from JCPOA in an attempt to undo the nuclear deal which was one of the significant achievements of his predecessor Barak Obama Administration.

 Trump later reimposed sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran and began unleashing the “toughest ever” fresh sanctions.

The US exit from the JCPOA has led to serious opposition of other signatories of the nuclear deal raising the prospect of a trans-Atlantic clash as European companies face the return of American sanctions for doing business with Iran.

US new wave of sanctions against the Iranian nation has also faced them with grave economic problems leading in difficult living conditions so that the Leader of the Islamic Revolutioin Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ordered three branches of the Iranian government to so all within their power to “confront the economic war waged by enemies against the country.”

Resource: IRNA
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