Iran’s Patience Not Unlimited, Europe Warned

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi meets the chairman and a number of members of the Austria-Iran parliamentary friendship group in Tehran on April 28, 2019 / Photo by Foreign Ministry

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi has warned the European parties to the Iran nuclear deal that the Islamic Republic is not going to wait forever to reap the economic benefits of the 2015 deal, and is going to give appropriate response to the US’ unlawful behaviours.

Araqchi made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with the chairman and a number of members of the Austria-Iran parliamentary friendship group in Tehran.

He said “the JCPOA is an international agreement and the United States has violated the UN Security Council resolution 2231 by withdrawing from it, but unfortunately this illegal action has not been addressed with an appropriate response from the Security Council or European countries.”

Referring to the fact that Iran has fulfilled its commitments under the JCPOA, Araqchi criticised Europe’s policies and actions regarding the nuclear accord, warning that “the patience and tolerance of the Islamic Republic is not indefinite.”

“By making a comprehensive assessment of the present conditions and without emotional reactions, we will soon adopt an appropriate response to the illegal US actions.”

Araqchi said Iran has so far given enough time and chance to other parties to compensate for the consequences of the US withdrawal from the deal, and now it is time to act.

“We welcome the political positions of the European Union, but just political support does not help any further to preserve the JCPOA. The JCPOA is not an economic agreement and it is of security nature. If it matters to Europe, then it should also pay the costs to maintain it,” he noted.

The Iranian official also commented on the White House’s decision to “bring Iran’s oil exports down to zero”, saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not allow any country to replace it in the global oil market, and the responsibility for any consequences falls on the US and the country/countries seeking to replace Iran in the market.

In turn, Wolfgang Gerstl, the head of Austria-Iran parliamentary friendship group in the Austrian parliament, praised Iran’s wise policies regarding the nuclear deal, stating that Austria and the European Union reject the US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, and are worried about the decline in the value and importance of this agreement.

“This is a fact that Europe needs the JCPOA more than America does; therefore, Austria, along with the European Union, remains committed to supporting the deal,” underlined Gerstl.

He also expressed regret over the recent floods in Iran and conveyed his country’s sympathy.

Deputy FM Araqchi, for his part, expressed gratitude for the sympathies of the government and the people of Austria after the recent floods and their dispatch of aid to the flood victims.

   
   

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