Iran Not to Tolerate Behavior Contrary to Spirit of JCPOA: Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned that the Islamic Republic will never tolerate any behavior by the Western parties to the July 2015 nuclear agreement contrary to the spirit of the deal, also known as JCPOA.

Speaking at a meeting with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Tehran on Wednesday, Shamkhani deplored some Western parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for their failure to completely implement the deal.

He said the removal of all sanctions against Iran is, in practice, an “unavoidable necessity” in order to continue the process of implementing the agreement.

“Tehran will not tolerate some countries’ behavior to keep sanctions in place, which is contrary to the spirit of the JCPOA,” the official noted.

The Norwegian top diplomat, for his part, said the removal of anti-Iran sanctions after the deal has provided good opportunities to boost Tehran-Oslo relations in various areas, economy in particular.

While the JCPOA, a 159-page 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.

Earlier 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.