Iran’s Larijani Warns against Violation of JCPOA Commitments by West

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said if the Western parties to the nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers (also known as JCPOA) offer a different interpretation of the deal and violate their commitments, the deal will be terminated.

علی لاریجانی

In a speech in Tehran on Thursday night, Larijani pointed to the West’s failure to fulfil its duties under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying that the Islamic Republic can see no change in the behavior of the countries with which it has struck the nuclear deal.

He further emphasized that the Western countries are seeking to put pressure on Iran and re-impose sanctions under false pretexts, including involvement in terrorism and the status of human rights in the country.

“We have already told the Westerners that if they engage in looking for pretexts so they can re-impose the sanctions under new excuses, we will discard the nuclear deal,” Larijani said.

While the JCPOA, a 159-page nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) came into force in January, some Iranian officials complain about the US failure to fully implement the accord.

Earlier in March, 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, the Leader said at the time, criticizing the US for its moves to prevent Iran from taking advantage of the sanctions removal.

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