Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif
Tehran, March 5 (RHC) The Iranian foreign minister reiterated Iran’s blatant refusal to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal, and called on all parties, including the United States, to implement it.
In his official account, Muhammad Yawad Zarif said, “The JCPOA cannot be renegotiated.” Twitter, Using the English-language abbreviation for the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action, whereby the agreement signed by Iran and the 5 + 1 Group (which was then comprised of the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France, in addition to Germany) is formally known.
The senior Persian diplomat stressed in his response to the statements, “If 2021 is not the year 2015, then it is not 1945 either. So let’s change the United Nations Charter and abolish the veto that the United States often offends.” Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State candidate for US President Joe Biden, on the nuclear deal.
At the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting, the US diplomat called for a “stronger” agreement with Iran, arguing that facts have changed since the JCPOA was signed.
“I would like to point out that 2021 is not 2015, when the agreement was signed, nor 2016, when it was implemented,” Sherman said, adding that “facts on the ground have changed, and the geopolitics of the region have changed and the way forward. It changes in a similar way.
Zarif responded to Sherman, head of the US negotiating team in the talks between Iran and the P5 + 1 group, urging all parties to stop taking “positions” and “implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” from which the United States left in 2018 under the administration of former President Donald Trump.
The head of the Iranian diplomacy, who led the Iranian negotiating team in the dialogues, stressed: “Let us stop taking a position, which we both did in vain between 2003 and 2012, and let us start implementing the joint comprehensive action plan that we signed.” That led to the signing of the agreement.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly ruled out any renegotiation of the JCPOA, saying the only way to salvage the deal is for the United States to lift the sanctions it reimposed on Iran after it withdrew from the agreement and rejoined it without preconditions.
The Biden administration said it was ready to return to the nuclear deal. However, he advanced his decision to add other issues such as Iran’s conventional missile program to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and he also stipulated his return to Tehran to fully comply with the terms of the agreement again.
Iran, which responded to its counterparts’ breach of the agreement by taking several steps to reduce some of its obligations, confirmed that it would fully implement the agreement again if the United States returned to it and lifted the embargo.