Araqchi: Zionist Lobbies Using Iranophobia as Tool to Stop JCPOA

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said Zionist lobbies are using Iranophobia as an instrument to sabotage implementation of the nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Speaking in a televised interview, Araqchi said the extremist lobbies in the US and some other countries like Saudi Arabia as well as certain elements linked to the Zionist regime [Israel] are trying to prevent the historic deal between Tehran and world powers from bearing fruits.

Although major European banks have yet to start transactions with Iran, some medium- and small-sized ones have already begun to work with Iran and opened LC cases for the country, he noted.

He said a cluster of efforts like the primary sanctions and what the US extremist lobbies are saying, has caused a sort of mistrust in European banks towards Iran and made them uncertain about activities in Iran.

Araqchi stated that the Obama administration as well as the European countries consider the JCPOA as an achievement and want it to survive.

Therefore, he added, they are willing to abide by their commitments, but they are faced with pressures by extremist lobbies.