Iran to Make Serious Decisions If US Keeps Disrupting JCPOA: Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani criticized the US for its failure to fully implement a July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, known as the JCPOA, warning that Tehran will adopt a more serious stance if this continues.

If the United States continues impeding the implementation of the nuclear deal and hampering even minor activities like purchase of passenger jets, “we will take more serious decisions to restore our rights,” Shamkhani said on Thursday.

While the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), came into force in January, some Iranian officials complain about the US failure to fully implement the accord.

Back in March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Americans have yet to fulfill what they were supposed to do as per the nuclear deal.

Iran still has problems in its banking transactions or in restoring its frozen assets, because Western countries and those involved in such processes are afraid of Americans, the Leader said at the time, criticizing the US for its moves to prevent Iran from taking advantage of the sanctions removal.

Elsewhere in his remarks on Thursday, Shamkhani said that Iran’s experiences in different areas, such as in the nuclear talks or in regional developments, have proven that “trusting the US whether in the case of the ceasefire in Syria or in removal of (anti-Iran) economic sanctions, is like moving toward a mirage.”

On September 9, Russia and the United States agreed on a milestone deal on the Syrian crisis after some 13 hours of marathon talks in the Swiss city of Geneva, calling for a ceasefire in the Arab country.

The ceasefire began on September 12 but ended on September 19, two days after US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 90 troops.

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