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Published: 0139 GMT December 04, 2020

Assassination of Iranian scientist will not help bid to revive nuclear deal: Borrell

Assassination of Iranian scientist will not help bid to revive nuclear deal: Borrell

The assassination of an Iranian scientist “puts difficulties” on the road to revive the Iran nuclear deal, the EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told Euronews.

There had been hope that with the arrival of the US President-elect Joseph Biden in the White House, the Iran nuclear deal, which was abandoned by incumbent US President Donald Trump, could be revived. However, there are fears the assassination could derail these ambitions.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of assailants in Absard town of Tehran Province’s Damavand County on November 27.

“It’s clear it’s not going to help,” Borrell told Euronews.

“Well, whoever did it certainly didn’t do it to facilitate dialogue. Certainly there are people who have an interest in this agreement not surviving. Europe has been very interested in its survival. I have had to keep it alive, hibernating a little, but it hasn’t died. And now we also have to see what the Iranians think, because the Iranians can rightly feel cheated. And maybe they are the ones who won’t want to play with the same cards again. But we’ll have to wait,” the EU’s foreign affairs chief said.

On Thursday, the US president-elect Biden for the first time addressed the assassination of the Iranian scientist. 

He told CNN that it was “hard to tell how much” the recent assassination of the scientist would complicate his dealings with Tehran.

Biden, who reaffirmed his desire to rejoin the nuclear agreement, slammed Trump’s policy toward Iran and his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal.

Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism, Press TV wrote.

Since the exit, Washington has been attempting to prevent the remaining signatories – Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – from abiding by their commitments and thus kill the historic agreement, which is widely viewed as a fruit of international diplomacy.

Iran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to fulfill their end of the bargain by offsetting the impacts of American bans on the Iranian economy.

But as the European parties failed to do so, the Islamic Republic moved in May 2019 to suspend its JCPOA commitments under Articles 26 and 36 of the deal that cover Tehran’s legal rights.



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