Iran on Wednesday urged the United States to quit its “addiction to use unilateral coercive measures” and immediately stop its violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, without any preconditions.
Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a meeting of the IAEA’s Board of Governors that Tehran is yet to see enough determination on the part of Washington to live up its JCPOA commitments and lift sanctions three years after its unilateral withdrawal from the landmark agreement between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
“It remains to be seen whether the incumbent US administration is sufficiently resolute and ready to abandon its addiction to use unilateral coercive action, respect international law, fulfill its commitments to lift sanctions in a comprehensive and effective manner,” Gharibabadi said, according to IRNA.
He said the US needs to take “difficult decisions” and “cease to violate its obligations” under the JCPOA “without further delay or preconditions”.
The envoy stressed that the US and its European allies – Britain, France and Germany that are also parties to the JCPOA along with Russia and China – should not expect Iran to take any “constructive action” while the sanctions that were imposed by former US president Donald Trump following 2018 withdrawal, are in force.
“Do not expect restraint and constructive action from Iran as long as sanctions continue to exist,” Gharibabadi pointed out.
Iran is ‘victim’, US is ‘lawbreaker’
He also lashed out at the European troika for pressing Iran to comply with the deal under such circumstances.
“It is unfortunate that European countries are still unwilling to condemn the United States for its illegal and unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal and to ask it to lift its sanctions against the Iranian people,” said the envoy, adding that the trio instead demand that Iran fulfill its obligations under the agreement.
Gharibabadi noted that Britain, France and Germany are trying to portray Iran as the “lawbreaker” and the US as the “victim”.
He also reminded the European parties to the JCPOA that Iran remained committed to the deal for a full year after the US pullout while it did not receive the benefits of the accord amid the trio’s inaction.
Iran began to drop its JCPOA obligations in a phased fashion in 2019 in response to the US pullout and the European’s failure to protect it against unilateral sanctions.
US President Joe Biden has voiced willingness to rejoin the deal. Iran and the remaining JCPOA members have held several rounds talks between Iran and since April in Vienna to revive the deal by bringing back the US back to compliance.
But Iran wants the US remove all the sanctions Trump reinstated and reinforced before reentering the deal.
Gharibabadi stressed that Iran seeks negotiations that yield results.
“It is important that the outcome of these efforts ensures that all sanctions are lifted effectively and verifiably, and that we do not again witness catastrophes such as the US pullout,” he maintained.