Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the 5+1 group have proved incapable of fulfilling their commitments under the agreement.
According to Press TV, Zarif said that Iran remained fully compliant with the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), even one year after the US’ withdrawal from the deal, and gave the Europeans time to implement their obligations to make up for Washington’s pullout.
Zarif made the remarks during the 14th round of Iran-South Africa joint commission meetings in Tehran on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, we have not witnessed an efficient measure [on the part of the Europeans], and Europe proved it is not capable of implementing its commitments,” he said.
The top Iranian diplomat said that consequently Tehran’s “strategic patience” was exhausted and it scaled back some of its commitments under the JCPOA in line with Articles 26 and 36 of the agreement.
He said the US left the JCPOA in defiance of international criticism and in blatant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the deal, adding that Washington’s move undermined non-proliferation and multifaceted diplomacy.
Zarif warned once again that should other parties continue to renege on their commitments Iran will take further steps in suspending its commitments.
“If balance is not restored to the implementation of commitments by the parties [to the JCPOA], other necessary measures will be taken [by Iran] in next steps towards reducing commitments,” he said.
For her part, South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor said her country backed countries’ right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and opposed the US’ unilateral sanctions against Iran.
Zarif’s remarks came on the same day that France demanded Iran refrain from entering a new phase of reducing its obligations under the JCPOA.