TEHRAN, Jan. 09 (Press Shia) – Deputy FM Abbas Araghchi said Mon. Iran would not permit any countries to violate its nuclear deal obligations under various pretexts, adding Tehran would retaliate against any violations accordingly.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araghchi made the remarks on Monday while referring to Iran and 5+1 joint commission meeting over US extension of anti-Iranian sanctions dubbed ISA which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
“The joint commission will be held at Iran’s request following Foreign Minister Zarif’s letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in order to review Iran’s protest against the extension of ISA by the US congress, which we deem a violation of the nuclear deal,” he said.
According to Araghchi, the mechanism of the JCPOA allows a country which has raised protest against the violation of the deal to hold bilateral consultations with the side charged with the violation; “In this vein, the Iranian side will hold a meeting with the American team at an expert level today,” he added.
“If the sides fail to reach an agreement today, they will go to the working committee in charge of removal of sanctions; if the issue is still not settled in the committee, it will be referred to the joint commission the next day,” he said.
“In our view, the extension of Iran Sanction Act (ISA) is a violation of the nuclear deal and Iran’s stance needs to be clealry conveyed to the rest of the 5+1 states,” he stressed.
Vienna’s Palais Coburg will host the joint commission on Tuesday at deputy level. The meeting will be chaired by Abbas Araghchi and Helga Schmid on behalf of Federica Mogherini.