US Lobbies, Israel, Arab Regimes Inciting Iranophobia: Iran’s Deputy FM
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian deputy foreign minister said hardline lobbies in the United States as well as the Israeli regime and certain regional states are inciting Iranophobia as a means to prevent Iran from reaping the benefits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Speaking to Iran’s state TV on Saturday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi said a wave of Iranophobia has been created by hardline American lobbyists, Tel Aviv and certain regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, to prevent Iran from benefiting from the advantages of the post-sanctions era and the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Saying that major European banks are still tentative to return to Iran’s market, he stressed that their hesitation has its origins in the anti-Iran moves that have sacred off financial entities to rekindle ties with the Islamic Republic’s banks.
While Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the nuclear deal on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, some Iranian officials have complained about the US failure to fully implement the accord.
Two months ago, 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, Imam Khamenei said, criticizing the US for its moves to prevent Iran from taking advantage of the sanctions removal.