TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Tehran remains committed to the July 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and prefers the other parties to adhere to the deal as well.
“We believe that implementing the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action- the nuclear deal) is in everyone’s interest. So our preference is that all sides remain committed to the JCPOA,” Zarif said Friday at a joint press conference with his Czech counterpart in Prague.
He described the JCPOA as a “multilateral, balanced” agreement that has been endorsed by the UN Security Council.
“We have fulfilled all of our undertakings (under the deal) although the current US administration has not carried out part of its commitments.”
Zarif said that Iran will remain committed to the JCPOA but stressed that if the other side fails to do so, Tehran has “many options” to deal with it.
His comments came after Republican Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections on Wednesday.
During the election campaign, Trump threatened that he would “tear up” the JCPOA or try to renegotiate its terms if elected president.
In March, during a speech to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC, Trump said his “number-one priority” would be to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.”
In August 2015, he said he would not “rip up” the nuclear deal, but that he would “police that contract so tough they (Iran) don’t have a chance.”
On Wednesday, Zarif underlined that anyone becoming US president ought to recognize the realities of the world and the Middle East and face them realistically.
“Iran and the US have no political relations but the US must carry out what it has undertaken as an international multilateral commitment in the JCPOA,” he stressed, referring to the JCPOA.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the agreement in July 2015 and implemented it in January this year.