Aug 20, 2018 21:17 UTC
  • Europeans must bear expenses for long-term interests: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says European countries must be ready to bear the expenses if they want to safeguard their long-term interests in the face of the United States’ law-breaking behavior after quitting a nuclear deal with Iran.

According to Press TV, Zarif made the remarks while addressing reporters in Tehran on Monday after attending a session at the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy in which he briefed the lawmakers on the current state of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The top Iranian diplomat said the European countries have so far cooperated with Iran for the implementation of the JCPOA, including by activating the Blocking Statute and allowing the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance or encourage medium and small enterprises to work with Iran.

“If these measures are to be fruitful, the Europeans need to be prepared to take their interests with respect to Iran, the region and global order into consideration, so that the Americans will not be able to impose their own views on others. In fact, they must be ready to pay a price,” Zarif pointed out.

He added, “Europeans have been very good in declaring their positions [on the JCPOA], but to pay that price, they need to make a decision and they have only a limited time for that decision and cannot wait forever.”

“The JCPOA succeeded in changing the securitized atmosphere against Iran into an atmosphere of isolation against the law-breaking Americans within the new US administration,” Iran's top diplomat said, adding, “Therefore, if Europeans want to guarantee their long-term interests, they must be ready to pay the price.”

Earlier this month, the European Union threatened to impose sanctions on companies that stop doing business with Iran in compliance with the US sanctions snapback mechanism.

“If EU companies abide by US secondary sanctions, they will, in turn, be sanctioned by the EU,” Nathalie Tocci, an aide to the 28-nation bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said.