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Zarif Says U.S. Should Pay For Leaving JCPOA


Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he attends the Executive Committee Meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on August 1, 2017 in Istanbul.

The US can not stop implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA (or Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers) and impose the cost on Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday, August 8.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with members of the Iran’s parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

“Should the US government decide to scrap JCPOA, then it will have to pay the price for it”, Zarif was cited as saying.

Meanwhile, he tried to highlight the main points of his policies at President Hassan Rouhani’s next cabinet, “The Foreign Ministry will push for de-escalation and try to manage tensions with the US”.

Furthermore, Zarif insisted, “We want peace among countries and we do not want tension.”

Zarif was echoing his boss’ comments on August 5, “Those who want to tear up the nuclear deal should know that they will be ripping up their own political life."

Earlier, on August 2, Secretary to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani had cautioned, “The U.S. wants to withdraw from the deal at the expense of Iran, but the Islamic Republic will not give it the opportunity to do so.”

However, according to Reuters, despite the new U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran, Tehran did not raise any complaints during the recent joint session for reviewing the implementation of
JCPOA.

The United States, in imposing the new sanctions, has maintained that Iran's missile tests violate the "spirit" of the deal and the UN resolution carrying it out, which calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles that have the capability to carry nuclear warheads.

Moreover, the United States believes that Iran is supporting terrorism and is playing a destabilizing role in the region.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (China, France, Russia, the US, and the U.K. plus Germany) reached the 159-page JCPOA in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.

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