Zarif flatly rejects JCPOA renegotiation, urges mutual implementation of deal
Iran’s foreign minister has once again categorically ruled out any renegotiation of the nuclear deal clinched by Iran and six world powers in 2015, urging all parties to get down to implementing the deal, instead of just posturing.
“JCPOA cannot be renegotiated—period,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said via his Twitter account on Thursday, referring to the historic nuclear accord of 2015. “If 2021 is not 2015, it's not 1945 either. So let's change UN Charter & remove the veto—so often abused by US.”
Zarif was responding to Wendy Sherman, US President Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of state, who said earlier that the facts on the ground have changed since the nuclear agreement was signed, calling for a “stronger” deal.
“I would note that 2021 is not 2015, when the deal was agreed, nor 2016, when it was implemented,” Sherman said during a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. “The facts on the ground have changed, the geopolitics of the region have changed, and the way forward must similarly change.”
Zarif said “let’s stop posturing” and get down to implementing the JCPOA, which was struck between Iran and six world powers, including the US, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, and was abandoned unilaterally by the US in May 2018.
Earlier on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the United States has violated the JCPOA and it is Washington that should take practical steps to rejoin the deal and lift all sanctions it has re-imposed on Tehran.
“The US, as the one who violated the deal, shall lift all sanctions and take practical steps in order to be able to return to the JCPOA,” Rouhani said during an address to the 14th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), which was held through videoconference.