The Iranian foreign minister says the country will go ahead with implementing the third phase of scaling back its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran will enforce phase three of reducing its obligations under the current circumstances.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with ICANA, he then touched upon a request by some signatories to the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran cancel the implementation of the third phase of reducing its JCPOA commitments, saying only Iran has the right to decide on whether or not to go ahead with reducing its obligations.
“If foreign parties to the JCPOA fail to fulfil their commitments, Iran will definitely take the [third] step as a follow-up to its previous moves,” he noted.
He then further said Iran’s move is a response to other signatories’ failure to keep their side of the bargain.
“We announced that Iran would not fully abide by its obligations under the JCPOA if other parties to the agreement fail to fully comply with their obligations,” he said.
“Of course, all of our moves have been in conformity with the JCPOA,” Zarif added.
He then referred to the United States’ illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA.
“All members of the Joint Commission on the JCPOA have reached the consensus that it is the US that has cause all tensions,” said the top Iranian diplomat.
“Iran’s demands have been clear from the beginning, and Iran has not demanded anything beyond the [provisions of] the JCPOA,” he said.