Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister warned last week that Iran might withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of states if the “atmosphere of uncertainty” created by the Trump administration continues to prevent Tehran from reaping the benefits of the multilateral accord, particularly in the business and banking sectors.
In a speech delivered on February 22 at an event in London hosted by the Chatham House think tank at Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s threat to stop waiving anti-Iran sanctions, a US commitment under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
In this news bulletin from Iranian state TV concerning the official’s announcement, the newsreader says, “The Deputy Foreign Minister says the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was not a successful experience because we have not benefited from it. Abbas Araqchi Speaking at the Chatham House Institute in London he criticized the US approach to the JCPOA, saying that if these obstructions continue, Iran would not remain in a deal that would not benefit it. Emphasizing that in the JCPOA, it was decided that the nuclear issue would be separate from other issues, the Deputy Foreign Minister said that if someone today wants to link it [the JCPOA] with other issues like Iran’s defensive and missile power, or its regional issues, they’ve made a big mistake. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today for the tenth time confirmed Iran’s adherence to the terms of the nuclear deal. The IAEA report suggests that Iran’s heavy water reserves and lower [levels of] enriched uranium are lower than the limits set by the nuclear deal. However, the agency has announced that Iran has announced that it plans to produce ships powered by nuclear fuel.”