May 29, 2020 05:23 UTC
  • 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.

According to Press TV, in May 2018, the US president took an illegal and unilateral decision to quit Washington’s participation in the nuclear deal and re-impose the sanctions that the agreement had lifted, in defiance of the fact that the accord has been endorsed by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in the form of Resolution 2231.

“Now, in further violation of JCPOA & UNSCR 2231 @SecPompeo pulls final plug, imposing penalties for compliance EVEN w/nuclear provisions of 2231,” Takht Ravanchi added.

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.

According to the US’ top diplomat, Washington is considering “every possibility” to renew the ban that prevents sales of conventional arms to Iran. Pompeo has also been reported to be planning to claim that Washington is still a JCPOA partner to enable Washington to push for prolongation of the arms embargo.

“Claiming US is STILL “Participant” is not just preposterous; it’s FALSE,” Takht Ravanchi said.

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.”

By “maximum pressure,” the official was referring to Trump’s trademark anti-Iran drive that he brought into force after taking office in 2016, under whose framework Washington left the nuclear deal and returned the sanctions.

“In practice, nothing is going to happen [as a result of such moves],” Kamalvandi remarked, saying Washington itself was well aware that such maneuvers were nothing beyond an attempt at creating fanfare across the media.

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.