Iran UN Envoy Slams US’ “Preposterous, False” Claim on JCPOA Participation
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi lashed out at the US for imposing penalties on the other countries for compliance with the UNSC resolutions, saying Washington’s claim that it is still a participant to the JCPOA is both preposterous and false.
In a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, Takht Ravanchi pointed to the US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, "Two years ago, Donald Trump ceased participation in JCPOA. Now, in further violation of JCPOA & UNSCR 2231, (US Secretary of State) Pompeo pulls final plug, imposing penalties for compliance EVEN with nuclear provisions of 2231.”
“Claiming US is STILL ‘Participant’ is not just preposterous; it’s FALSE,” the Iranian diplomat underlined.
His criticism of Washington’s policies came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in two separate tweets on Thursday that the US would cancel the waivers related to the JCPOA and sanction two Iranians in connection with Tehran’s nuclear program.
In May 2018, Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in defiance of global criticism.
Ever since withdrawing from the agreement, Washington has launched a so-called maximum pressure campaign against Tehran, seeking to pressure it with a growing list of widespread sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic.