Araqchi criticizes UN chief for unbalanced report about Iran defense

Tehran, July 17, IRNA – Head of the headquarters to follow up implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Abbas Araqchi on Sunday criticized the UN chief Ban Ki-moon on his unbalanced report about Iranian defense capability.

He made the remarks in a press conference to mark anniversary of Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

He acknowledged that certain red lines were compromised during the nuclear talks prior to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

‘In two or three cases, Foreign Minister Zarif presented a report to the Supreme Leader to modify the red lines, so the negotiators did nothing wrong.’

Asked about the draft report of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about JCPOA, he said that the draft is imbalanced and bias in some parts.

Araqchi said that the report has been drafted by the UN chief under pressure from the US representative office in the United Nations.

In our view, parts of report related to shortfalls in implementation of JCPOA are positive, but not complete, Araqchi said.

Araqchi made clear that the UN chief relied on some incomplete and wrong information, received by the UN secretariat that in some cases brought accusations against Iran.

The draft report of the UN secretary general claimed Iran’s missile test is contrary to constructive spirit governing the JCPOA, while the missile test does not relate to Resolution 2231 Resolution and neither the secretary general nor anybody else has the right to accuse Iran of breaching the JCPOA by the missile test.

The chief negotiator said that upon wrong report of the Americans, Iran was accused of dispatching weapons to Yemen, also it was claimed that people, who were under sanctions have travelled abroad or participated in Iraq defensive exhibition.

Araqchi said that all these claims are baseless and expressed hope that the UN chief would review the draft report until Monday, the day the report will be presented.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not allow anybody who had no role in concluding JCPOA, to undermine it and that of course report of the UN secretary general has no affect on implementation of JCPOA and the Security Council Resolution 2231.