Tehran ‘Tests’ European Guarantees Post US Nuclear Deal Exit

The Iranian FM receives the credentials of new British ambassador on Sunday.

Iran is currently in the process of testing guarantees given by European signatories in hopes of keeping it in the nuclear deal signed in 2015, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi informed the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament on Sunday.

Araghchi gave a detailed explanation on the outcome of last Friday’s joint committee meeting in Vienna, which was held to discuss the repercussions of Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

However, Araghchi expressed pessimism towards the chances of talks working in saving the deal post a US exit.

“I felt that negotiations will not lead to tangible results,” he said in a press statement after leaving parliament.

He called on the Europeans to work hard on meeting Iranian demands.

The Iranian diplomat went on to point out that Tehran has not yet decided whether to stay in the nuclear agreement.

“Iran has not yet decided whether to stay in the JCPOA or not and the final decision in this regard is left to the results of the negotiations with remaining members of the JCPOA in the next couple of weeks,” highlighted Araghchi.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in Vienna between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany), and the European Union.

Stressing that the decision depends on the course of negotiations in the coming weeks, Araghchi reiterated Tehran’s desire to keep talks ongoing.

“We will continue negotiations as long as we feel that they are on the right track and take into account the Iranian timeframe,” he said.

Spokesman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini said Aragachi told lawmakers those European signatories insist on preserving the deal.

“Negotiations have stayed their course, and we see the intention they (Germany, France and the UK) have to save the agreement– as far as they are able to implement Iran’s demanded guarantees, evaluation is up to Tehran,” Naghavi cited Araghchi.

This article provided by NewsEdge.