Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a phone call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday, during which the two discussed bilateral relations as well as major regional and international developments.
JCPOA was signed between Iran and the P5+1 group -- the US, the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany -- in Vienna on July 14, 2015. It lifted nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in exchange for the Tehran’s enacting some voluntary restrictions on its peaceful nuclear energy program, Press TV wrote.
However, the US left the international deal under President Donald Trump in 2018 and reimposed previous sanctions as part of its policy of “maximum pressure” targeting the Islamic Republic. US European allies in the agreement, namely the UK, France, and Germany, bowed down to Washington’s pressure and started to toe the sanctions line as closely as possible.
Amir-Abdollahian asserted that the US, and Europe brought about the status quo concerning the JCPOA by the former’s departure from the agreement, and resumption of the oppressive sanctions against “the great Iranian nation,” and the latter by its refusal to take action against the US violations from the nuclear deal.
“Unfortunately, the current US ruling structure, despite its previous claims, is minded to use the illegal sanctions as means to put pressure on the Islamic Republic,” the top Iranian diplomat said.
He added, that US should “understand that we do not surrender to those pressures.”
Amir-Abdollahian also advised the Europe to start playing “a constructive role” by adopting “wise positions.”
The Iranian foreign minister, further urged US and the Europe to fully resume their commitments under the JCPOA.
Accordingly, he added “Iran would be prepared to participate in [JCPOA revival] negotiations that would bring along tangible results towards the provision of the Iranian people's rights and interests.”
Foreign intervention in region
Moreover, Amir-Abdollahian blamed the foreign powers’ interventionist policies as the main cause of the present crises facing the region.
The current Iranian government “prioritizes relations with the neighboring states” he said, noting, “There is an indigenous and intra-regional solution to regional stability, and any interventionist and irresponsible behavior could stoke further disturbance throughout the region.”
Le Drian, for his part, congratulated Amir-Abdollahian on his appointment as the new foreign minister of Iran and expressed hope that negotiations between Tehran and Paris would lead to the resumption and fruition of the nuclear talks as well as reinforcement of stability and security in the region.
The senior diplomats also laid emphasis on the creation of an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan and agreed to follow up issues of mutual interest in their future conversations.