Iran reiterates need for Europe's practical steps on JCPOA
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined once again that EU needs to adopt practical measures to ensure continued merits for Iran to keep Tehran under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, stressing that political stances are not enough.
"Iran will respond to Europe's political will when it is accompanied by practical moves and actions. Although they have moved forward, we believe that Europe has not readied yet to do spending," Zarif said in Tehran on Sunday.
He further noted Europeans' statements that the nuclear deal is a security achievement for them, and said, "All countries should then naturally invest and spend money on their security and we should see this spending in the next few months."
The Iranian foreign minister said that the measures adopted by Europe have not been sufficient so far. "Hence, we have informed the Europeans of the measures that we expect."
In relevant remarks last Wednesday, Zarif called on the European states, which consider the 2015 nuclear deal important to their security, to adopt practical measures to persuade Iran to remain in the agreement after the US withdrawal, saying that security needs investment.