The Iranian defense minister slammed Washington for its continued hostilities towards Tehran, saying the US administration does not want the Islamic Republic to benefit from the July 2015 nuclear agreement with six powers (also known as JCPOA).
“The Americans are not willing that our nation benefit from the positive aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in a speech on Tuesday evening.
“Anyway, the enemy is the enemy and its work is obstructionism,” he said, adding that however, the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) did not lead to a lose situation for Tehran.
If you compare the current situation to the past, it can be seen that before the deal, anti-Iran sanctions were increasing and the West used to introduce the country as a global threat and “that was not good at all,” the defense minister noted.
While the JCPOA, a 159-page nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 came into force in January 2016, 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.