Dec 10, 2019 06:03 UTC
  • Europeans will not activate JCPOA trigger mechanism for now: Araqchi

Deputy foreign minister for political affairs says despite their recent threat to activate the trigger mechanism envisaged in the nuclear accord with Iran, the European signatories to the deal will not do so for the time being.

According to Press TV, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Iranian parliament’s Monday session, Abbas Araqchi said, “During the recent meeting with the 4+1 group, the trigger mechanism was never brought up and all remarks to this effect have no other goal, but to create a negative atmosphere against our country.”

Representatives from Iran and the five remaining signatories to the landmark nuclear deal -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- as well as the European Union attended the meeting to discuss ways to save the accord.

It was the first meeting by the remaining parties to the JCPOA since July.

Asked about a possible decision on the fifth step to be taken by Iran to reduce its JCPOA commitments, Araqchi said, “We are currently one month away from the point where we may take the fifth step. There are various ideas about how such a measure should be taken.”

“Of course, in the recent meeting with the 4+1 group we told them that if Iran makes sure it stands to no benefit from the JCPOA, our country will take new measures to reduce its commitments.”