Breaking: Zarif denounces US, allies for throwing ball into Iran’s court as JCPOA revival hangs in balance
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounces the US and its European allies for attempting to paint Iran responsible for, what they call, nuclear non-compliance, while it was their non-commitment in the first place that had Tehran suspend its obligations under a nuclear agreement.
Zarif made the remarks in a tweet on Thursday night in reaction to a joint statement that his American, British, French, and German counterparts had released earlier following a virtual meeting.
Through the statement, the quartet “affirmed their shared objective of Iran’s return to full compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki separately reiterated the Western allies’ allegations by saying, “Iran is a long way from compliance.”
Zarif rebuked the four states for their continued way of finding fault with Iran, despite their own sheer liability in the matter. He reminded them that it was their measures that initiated the vicious circle and also their persisting non-commitment to the JCPOA that sustained it.
“Instead of sophistry & putting onus on Iran, E3/EU must abide by own commitments & demand an end to Trump’s legacy of Economic Terrorism against Iran,” he tweeted.
“Our remedial measures are a response to US/E3 violations,” the foreign minister added, referring to Iran’s reprisal.
“Remove the cause if you fear the effect. We’ll follow ACTION w/ action,” the top diplomat asserted.