Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday that European Union would offer its “package which guarantees” for preserving the nuclear deal in the end of this month.
Currently, due to the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal is in a “critical condition,” the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, quoted Araqchi as saying Iran is holding talks with the remaining members to bring the nuclear talks back on the track or else to return to pre-JCPOA era and even beyond, he added.
Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and removal of economic sanctions are two main essential pillars of the JCPOA and “any shake or destruction of the pillars, the whole JCPOA will be demolished,” Araqchi said. The JCPOA is in an odd situation and requires special care and “we have to examine whether we can bring it back to normal status or not.” “Europe asked us to stay in the JCPOA and they promised to do the same,” he said, but the Iranian president said if they can meet Iran’s interests, Tehran can meet terms and condition to remain committed to the treaty. Iran has had intensive talks with the European Union, China and Russia at different levels of the JCPOA, he said.
The EU and three European countries promised “to provide us with a practical pack to meet Iran’s interests and we hope to receive the pack by end of this month,” Araqchi said.
Europe should meet Iran’s interests in various sectors such as sales of oil and reconvening its revenues, banking exchanges, cargo ships and oil tankers and passenger planes, he said. Tehran has explicitly declared that it has not yet taken a final decision on staying or leaving the JCPOA and this depends on Europe in meeting Iran’s demands, Araqchi said.
Source: Kuwait News Agency