SHAFAQNA- Iranian President in a meeting with Germany’s visiting Foreign Minister said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has never been, and will never be, locked in a stalemate under pressure and sanctions”.
Hassan Rouhani said that US withdrawal from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has no impact on the security of the region and it just caused some engagement problems between countries.
President Rouhani called developing political and economic ties with the European Union as important by saying: “EU should stand against US economic terrorism imposed on Iranian nation and also observe its promised commitments in 2015 nuclear deal.”
Speaking in a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas on Monday Rouhani noted to US and its allies’ provocations in the region and said: “With imposing pressures and sanctions against Iranian nation and state, security and stability in the region never will be achieved.”
He went on to refer to Iran’s efforts to establish stability in the region and fight terrorism, especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, saying, “Iran has always been positively effective in development of stability and security in the region, and the current security in the region is because of Iran’s efforts”.
On the nuclear deal, the President said, “With its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, the United States violated the agreement made between 7 countries, as well as the resolution of the Security Council, beginning terrorist acts in the region, but unfortunately, we have not seen any responsible, proper reaction by Europe towards the US”.
“With its unjust sanctions, the United States is moving in the path of economic terrorism and we believe that we have to stand up to those who deprive people of medicine and food,” he added.
Dr Rouhani also referred to the solemn promises by three European countries in the past one year, saying, “In the past one year, we have not seen any serious acts from the side of Europe despite fairly good political stance; therefore, we have to made decisions and act in a way that is beneficial for us, you and all countries and the region”.
He said, “The war that the US has started against Iran for the past one year will never be beneficial for anybody and the Iranian nation have proved in this time span that they will withstand these pressures and bullying behaviours”, abna24 mentioned.
For his turn, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that everyone who is familiar with Iranian history should know that maximum pressure strategy against Iranian nation will never have a good result.”
Maas noted to the wrong action of US President Donald Trump withdrawal from 2015 nuclear deal and said EU countries are united in keeping and saving economic cooperation with Iran, iranpress told.
Iran could act based on Article 36 of the JCPOA after US’ withdrawal, but it waited for a year, said the President, adding, “We expect Europe to stand up to the United States’ economic terrorism against the Iranian nation, living up to its commitments under the deal”.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran as part of European efforts to salvage the historic JCPOA nuclear pact and defuse rising US-Iranian tension.
In addition to the German visit, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives on Wednesday in Iran on a rare diplomatic mission, hoping to ease the tensions between Tehran and Washington.
On a weekend stopover in Iraq en route to Tehran, Maas warned of the dangers that conflict with Iran posed for the entire Middle East, saying the Europeans were convinced it was worth trying to keep the nuclear pact with Iran, aljazeera told.
Last month, Iran scaled back some commitments under the 2015 deal and warned in 60 days it would resume refining uranium to a higher fissile degree than that permitted by the accord if Europe failed to shield its trade from US sanctions.
We try but can’t work miracles: Heiko Maas
Maas met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Monday in Tehran to discuss the future of the nuclear deal.
“We had a serious, frank and rather long discussion,” Zarif told reporters at a joint news conference after talks with Maas.
“Together with Germany and the European Union, we have a common goal: to maintain (the nuclear agreement), put an end to tensions and conflicts in the region and (allow) the Iranian people to economically benefit (from this agreement),” he said.
Ahead of meeting Zarif, the German foreign minister acknowledged that the economic benefits Tehran hoped for from the deal were now “more difficult to obtain” but urged Iran to fully respect the agreement, france24 told.
It is in Iran’s “political and strategic interest to maintain this agreement and the dialogue with Europe”, he said.
“The situation of the Middle East is sensitive and serious and any increase of tension and losing control over it, is not in the interest of anyone,” Maas added.
“We try to fulfill our commitments within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but we can’t work miracles,” German Minister of Foreign affairs Heiko Maas said, in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran.
Insisting that Germany is still supporting JCPOA, the German foreign minister said, “We believe that reaching the deal was the right action and we recognize Iran’s attempts to benefit from its rights within the framework of JCPOA”.
Criticizing United States’ unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, the official said, “US’ withdrawal from JCPOA prevented Iran’s expected economic interests to be fulfilled. We try to provide the ground for trade and economic growth for Iran”.
“Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) has been launched to use it for financial exchanges and make European companies able to work with Iran, giving the opportunity to the country to benefit from JCPOA concessions. We are trying to operationalize INSTEX through cooperation with more countries”.
Mentioning that Iran is an influential state in the region, Maas said, “We discussed finding political solutions for regional issues, including Syria and Yemen, with Zarif”.
He also stressed, “During my trip to the region, I found out that nobody wants tensions increased”.
“During my trip to the region, I saw that some elements affect the region from outside. However, the regional countries should keep holding talks. In any position, I always support the dialogues,” Maas added.
Speaking on the process of implementing JCPOA, the top diplomat said, “We explained our expectations regarding the nuclear deal”.
He stressed that preserving JCPOA is only possible when all sides stay committed to their obligations, ISNA told.
Zarif: What’s the point of negotiations with US?
Zarif said he made it clear to Maas in the meeting that implementing the JCPOA was all he expected the Europeans to do.
Referring to calls on Iran by the West to sit down for direct talks with the US, Zarif said Washington’s approach to the nuclear deal was proof that there was no point in talks.
“First of all, we have this agreement that is the outcome of two years of compact negations and 12 years of diplomatic work,” he noted. “Have they implemented this one that now they expect talks on other issues?”
“They should first show us that negotiations with the US will have a benefit and then ask for talks,” he continued.
Zarif also rejected US claims that it was destabilizing the region.
“Who is causing instability in this region? Did we give Saddam Hussain weapons? Did we back al-Qaeda? Did we imprison the Lebanese prime minister?
“Is it us who are bombing civilians in Yemen every day? Did we support Daesh and al-Nusra or were they American weapons that Saudi Arabia gave them?” he said, press tv reported.
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