Striking Another Deal Similar to JCPOA ‘Impossible’: Iran’s FM
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected attempts aimed at preparing the ground for a renegotiation of the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, stressing that reaching another agreement like the JCPOA would be impossible.
“It would be extremely dangerous to even contemplate reopening these negotiations, because now we all go into any possible negotiations with even higher expectations,” Zarif told the New Yorker.com in an interview published on Wednesday.
The Iranian top diplomat, who is in New York for a speech at the United Nations, further said, “It was complicated enough to reach this deal already, and it would be impossible to reach another deal.”
Elsewhere in the interview, he said he had not yet asked for a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“I haven’t asked for a meeting, and I don’t think I will.”
Zarif added, “We’re not opposed to the possibility of a meeting between us and Secretary Tillerson if it is necessary for the implementation of the nuclear deal…if we succeed in seeing good faith on the part of the United States in the implementation of the nuclear deal, then it would be a foundation and not the ceiling. And it would be possible to engage in other areas. We haven’t seen that yet.”
The Iranian foreign minister also referred to US President Donald Trump Administration’s confusion over the deal and said, “It’s not clear what the Administration is planning to do. I think now they have come to the realization that scrapping the deal is not something that would be globally welcomed.”
The message the United States is sending to the rest of the world is that you cannot count on the US being committed to its international undertakings. So, not only is that a bad signal to Iran but also a bad signal to anybody else, whoever contemplates talking to the US or negotiating with the US”.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.