Zarif censures Trump’s JCPOA withdrawal plan, new travel ban for Iranians

September 25, The Iran Project – Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has recently slammed US President Doland Trump remarks for his plan to withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and blasted his new travel ban for Iranians, as well.

In an interview with Fareed Zakaria of the American media Cable News Network (CNN), Zarif said Iran has a number of options which includes walking away from the deal and going back with great speed, said.

Commenting on a question over Iran’s reaction regarding [US] President Doland Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal or decertification of Iran, he said “Certification is not a part of the deal. It’s US internal procedure. It does not absolve President Trump and his administration of the responsibility because the only authority that has been recognized in the nuclear deal to verify is the IAEA.”

Earlier, in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday (Sep 21), Zarif said US wants to change the deal at Iran’s expense alone, while Washington itself is not willing to make any concessions.

The top Iranian diplomat further said that kind of position contradicted the premise of any negotiated deal. If the nuclear accord is supposed to change, then every concession Iran has made to help make the deal happen has to be reconsidered, he noted.

“Why should we discuss an addendum?,” he asked. “If you want to have an addendum, there has to be an addendum on everything.”

Meanwhile, Zarif in his Twitter post released on Sunday, has once more criticized US president’s ‘ fake empathy for Iranians’ after he imposed new travel ban on nationals of eight countries including Iran. Zarif wrote:

“Trump’s fake empathy for Iranians rings ever more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens.”

Trump on Sunday announced a new travel restriction list which included Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.