TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized the British government for its failure to take serious steps to boost economic relations with the Islamic Republic after the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We are willing to expand economic ties with the European Union,” Larijani said in a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson here in Tehran on Saturday.

“Although relations between Iran and Britain have a long history, they have faced ups and downs,” the Iranian parliament speaker added.

He further criticized London’s lack of serious action to enhance economic cooperation with Tehran after the JCPOA took effect.

Britain has not even resolved banking problems of the Iranian embassy in London, he said.  

This is while some other European countries have made great efforts for developing trade ties with Iran, Larijani went on to say.

Johnson, for his part, reiterated his country’s policy to back efforts to implement the JCPOA and said that in his trip to Iran, he is on a mission to boost political, economic and parliamentary relations between Tehran and London and eliminate problems hampering the ties.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA.

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered mainly due to US policies.