Tehran cannot bear all the costs of implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and others’ illegal behaviors, said Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs.
Abbas Araqchi made the remarks in an address to the 17th meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission at the level of political directors held through a videoconference on Wednesday, IRNA reported.
The virtual meeting was attended by the political directors of the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, namely Iran, China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany. The Iranian delegation was headed by Araqchi.
Commenting on media reports coming from Europe over the past few days, Araqchi stressed that logically, the three European governments which claim to be committed to democracy and its principles should not expect Iran to overlook the democratic principles and refrain from enforcing a law passed by the country’s Parliament.
He noted that the Iranian government is committed to implementing the laws passed by the Parliament.
Criticizing stances by the three European members of the JCPOA toward the Saturday execution of a convicted counterrevolutionary element Rouhollah Zam for “corruption on earth” among other charges, Araqchi said these governments condemned the legal punishment of a criminal instead of denouncing the assassination of the prominent Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a terrorist attack near the Iranian capital Tehran in late November.
The European sides always call for self-restraint by Iran in the face of all illegal and hostile behaviors by the US, be it the imposition of the sanctions, the sabotage at Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran or the assassination of the country’s nuclear scientist.
“Tehran cannot bear all the costs of implementing the JCPOA and others’ illegal behaviors. The other sides will also have to pay the costs of preserving the nuclear deal.”
On stipulations about US return to the JCPOA, he said action speaks louder than words for Iran.
Iran has always expressed its stances transparently and clearly and is ready to resume the fulfillment of its commitments under the JCPOA following US return to the deal, Araqchi added.