Iran UN envoy: 'Desperate' US move to end sanctions waivers ‘pulls final plug’ on JCPOA
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations says the US has destroyed the last means of retention of the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and major world powers by ending waivers for sanctions prohibiting nuclear cooperation with Tehran.
“Two yrs ago, @realDonaldTrump ceased participation in #JCPOA,” Majid Takht Ravanchi reminded in a tweet on Thursday, referring to the nuclear deal by the acronym of its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The envoy was referring to recent remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which he announced another controversial decision by Washington to end sanctions waivers for nuclear cooperation with Iran.
Takht Ravanchi also pointed to the US’ intention, which has likewise been announced by Pompeo, to have the UN extend an arms embargo against Iran, which is set to expire in October in line with the JCPOA.
In a related development also on Thursday, Behrouz Kamalvandi, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), told ISNA that although the US wants its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran to work, the US’ move to "end the waivers for nuclear cooperation [with Iran] under the JCPOA, in practice, bears no effect on the course of Iran’s activities.”
The US actions, he added, were “a desperate attempt” at deflecting attention from Washington's back-to-back defeats against Iran at a time when the Islamic Republic is decisively advancing its policies as witnessed by the country’s remarkable progress in the field of nuclear energy and its ongoing sales of oil derivatives to Venezuela.