News ID: 315102
Published: 0106 GMT July 30, 2021

Zarif sends last letter to UN chief, documenting Western breach of JCPOA

Zarif sends last letter to UN chief, documenting Western breach of JCPOA

In his last letter to the United Nations secretary-general, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif compiled all documents about six years of Western non-compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic and world powers in 2015, from which former US president Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed sanctions lifted under the accord.

Zarif's last letter to Antonio Guterres was released in the form of a 200-page book.

Titled “Letter to the UN Secretary-General: Documenting Six Years of Western [Non-] Implementation of the ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’”, the book was published by the Institute for Political and International Studies.

“On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015), I wrote a summarizing letter to the UN secretary-general and annexed to it an issue-based compilation of the aforementioned letters. This book is comprised of that letter and its annexes, which are being circulated, as I write this preface, as documents of the General Assembly (A/75/968) and of the Security Council (S/2021/669),” Zarif wrote in his book, referring to the resolution that was passed to endorse the JCPOA.

“My letters are self-explanatory, representing a chronology of implementation issues, which started long before Trump took office in January 2017. The letters substantiate every assertion that has been made, but I do not claim to present the whole story.

I am confident that my domestic and international detractors will find much to disagree with and criticize in this book – which is being published in English and Persian simultaneously for transparency, and ease of reference."

"Yet I can make one categorical statement: None of my letters to the coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission, all of which were distributed to every JCPOA Participant, were ever rebutted by any one of them.

This may be the result of either having nothing legal or logical to say in response at the time of each letter – particularly as I was only stating self-evident facts in each instance,” the outgoing minister explained.


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