Kazem Gharibabadi made the statement addressing the IAEA’s Board of Governors meeting on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015), Mehr News Agency reported.
Criticizing the US “maximum pressure” policy against Iran three years after Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Gharibabadi said, “Former U.S. president carelessly sacrificed well-established principle of international law, namely Pacta Sunt Servanda, on the altar of his administration’s self-righteousness.”
After abandoning the deal, Washington re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions lifted by the accord and launched a push to fully destroy the agreement by trying to dissuade the remaining signatories from staying in the agreement and threatening sanctions against any party that refuses to cut business ties with Tehran in defiance of American sanctions.
Washington’s pressure successfully blocked the European co-signatories from fulfilling their contractual obligations, a situation that prompted Tehran to retaliate and suspend parts of its own commitments under Article 36 of the JCPOA.
More in his address, Gharibabadi reiterated, “All 15 quarterly reports of the Director General [of the IAEA] up to May 2018, and for a year after, clearly stated that Iran was in full compliance with the terms underlined under the JCPOA.”
“Only one year after the persistent non-implementation of the deal by the US, Iran used its rights under the provisions of the same deal and introduced an incremental policy of partially ceasing implementation of its commitments under the JCPOA. Even in this situation, the Agency was able to verify and monitor the steps that Iran has taken in this regard, which was also labeled as being “exceptional” during the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Iranian diplomat.
Referring to fifth rounds of talks held between Iran and he remaining parties of the nuclear deal in Vienna to revive the JCPOA and bring the US back to compliance, Gharibabadi said, “However, it is important that the outcome of these efforts secures enough assurances that all sanctions are lifted in a verifiable manner and we do not face, once again, the crisis situation in which the US withdraws from the agreement or abuse the mechanisms in the JCPOA and violates all its commitments therein while Iran is in full compliance with the provisions of the deal.
“It is yet to be observed whether the United States is serious enough and ready to abandon its addiction to use unilateral coercive measures, respect international law, implement its sanctions lifting commitments in a full and effective manner and take all necessary difficult decisions that this might entail. It is crucial that the US stop violations of its obligations under the deal and the UNSC Resolution 2231 without further delay and any pre-conditions,” stressed the Iranian diplomat.
He noted that Iran, on its part, has consistently stated that it will reverse the remedial measures and restore implementation of its nuclear commitments, after other commitments, specifically the sanction lifting commitments enshrined in the JCPOA are implemented fully and effectively in a verifiable manner.
Gharibabadi further urged all relevant parties “to contribute constructively, including inter alia through exercising measures to redress the situation, with the aim that these intensive diplomatic efforts would result in a constructive and agreeable outcome.”
He concluded his address making it clear that “while Iran is under brutal unilateral sanctions, it cannot be expected to stay idle and do nothing; one should not expect if anyone slaps on the right cheek, we should turn to him the other side as well. The remedial measures are evidently within Iran’s rights in strict accordance with the provisions of the JCPOA, which were taken in reaction to the non-compliance with their commitments by the US, EU and the E3 under the Deal.”
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said the Vienna talks over the restoration of the JCPOA have reached a point where some key issues still remain unresolved and in need of a decision.
According to IRNA, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that the next (sixth) round of the negotiations will begin in Vienna in a few days.
He expressed hope that progress would be made on different issues.
It is too soon, he noted, to predict whether the next round of the negotiations would be the last one.
The fifth round of the Vienna talks ended a few days ago.