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Ambassador Says Iran Will Continue To Act Based On Nuclear Agreement

Hamid Baeidinejad, an Iranian top diplomat who serves as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, was a member of nuclear negotiation team. File photo

Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has said that even after the recent 60-day deadline set by Tehran, his country will continue to act based on the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Hamid Baeidinejad in an interview broadcast by the BBC World Service on Saturday, May 18 said, if during this time the problem is not resolved, Iran will take further steps but “I assure you these will be within the framework” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Acton (JCPOA).

He also insisted that Iran has not made a decision yet to leave the nuclear agreement, but it remains one of the options it will consider.

On May 8, the first anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from JCPOA, Iran announced a 60-day deadline for Europe to take effective measures for trade. Three European powers, the United Kingdom, France and Germany remain signatories of the agreement and Iran demands they facilitate trade with Iran despite U.S. sanctions.

Europeans have rejected the deadline, calling it an “ultimatum” they would recognize.

The Iranian ambassador, however, repeated today that Iran expects the other signatories of JCPOA respect their end of the bargain.

The nuclear agreement was concluded with the underlying premise of undoing international sanctions imposed on Iran earlier, by the UN Security Council.

Baeidinejad emphasized that Iran’s economic expectations related to the nuclear agreement have not been satisfied.