TEHRAN – Presidential Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian has said that the European countries have joined Iran in its criticism against the United States for failing to respect its obligations under the nuclear deal, officially called the JCPOA, ISNA reported on Sunday.
“Once the European countries were against us, but now, they have joined the Islamic Republic in its criticism of the Americans over the JCPOA,” Nahavandian said.
Iran and six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015, thereby resolving a long-running dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
Under the agreement, Iran has agreed to roll back some of its nuclear activities, and in return, the six world powers pledged to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.
However, as Nahavandian and other Iranian officials have said on numerous occasions, some international banks still steer clear of making trade deals and processing transactions with Iran, fearing a U.S. penalty.
Nahavandian accused Washington of not keeping its side of the bargain. “The banking sanctions against Iran have been lifted, but none of the big banks are eager to enter Iran, due to the fact that the primary U.S. sanctions against Iran are still in place.”
“Iran, on the other hand, has taken a laudable stance by fulfilling all of its commitments,” the top official said.
He went on to say, “The big European banks are worried that their presence in Iran could lead to U.S. penalties.”
Nahavandian, an economist educated in the U.S., added that the Europeans want the financial risks to be eliminated, so that they can expand ties with Iran.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Nahavandian said that Iran seeks to expand ties with countries that want to have friendly relations with Tehran.
“As the Supreme Leader have stated, whoever extends the hand of friendship, Iran would accept it,” Nahavandian remarked.
By Tehran Times