Dec 03, 2019 20:57 UTC
  •  Iran has no intention to leave nuclear deal: Deputy FM

Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs says the Islamic Republic has no intention to abandon a nuclear deal it clinched with major world powers in 2015, saying Tehran will resume fulfilling its commitments under the accord if sanctions are lifted.

“Our goal is not to exit the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), but we have decided to reduce our commitments after an entire year of exercising patience and witnessing non-compliance on the part of the European countries,”  Abbas Araqchi said in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on Tuesday.

He added that Iran would return to the JCPOA commitments if sanctions against the country are lifted and it is allowed to benefit from the deal.

Elsewhere in the meeting, Araqchi said the Middle East is in a sensitive situation at present, adding that collective cooperation with the purpose of easing tensions is currently required more than ever.

“Tensions continue to run high. That is why discussions and cooperation between Japan and Iran are becoming more and more important,” Japan’s Kyodo news agency quoted Araqchi as saying.

The Japanese foreign minister, for his part, expressed his concern about the developments in the Middle East and called for diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions.

Motegi also reiterated his country’s support for the JCPOA and called on all sides to show restraint in order to reduce tensions.

During the meeting, Araqchi and Motegi exchanged views about mutual relations and the latest regional and international issues, including the situation in the Persian Gulf and the region.

The Iranian diplomat, who serves as a special envoy of President Hassan Rouhani, is on a two-leg trip to China and Japan.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu in Beijing on Sunday, Araqchi said the international community has a responsibility to protect the nuclear deal which was the outcome of a multilateral endeavor.

"The JCPOA is an achievement of international diplomacy and world countries are responsible for observing, implementing and protecting it," he said.