Iran deal proves diplomacy can replace war: Official

IRNA – Iran nuclear deal is a clear example of how diplomacy can replace the prospect of war, an Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said on Tuesday.

‘The deal JCPOA became a clear example and the success story on how diplomacy can replace the prospect of conflict and war, and how a collective collaboration and effort can be successful,’ said Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, in a speech on 72nd anniversary of the UN foundation in Tehran.

Iran and the world major powers signed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Unfortunately, the drastic changes in the internal politics of the United States, among other things, has put JCPOA under tremendous pressures, and once again has given rise to voices of darkness seeking unnecessary confrontation and crisis,’ he said referring to the US President Donald Trump’s claims on cancelling the deal.

Trump’s approach has been criticized by many countries, international bodies, political communities and world media.

‘The united states’ radical attitude towards global order which has been manifested in its administration negation of multilateralism and defiance of collective diplomacy risks a real setback for international peace and security,’ Araqchi said.

‘The US unilateral withdrawal from international organization and multilateral negotiated conventions and agreements rings a threatening bell for which we all should be alerted.’

Calling on the international community to support the deal, we need to make sure that JCPOA will shine on the world of international diplomacy as the beacon of hope for those believing in the art of diplomacy and negotiations.

The Iranian official also praised the United Nation’s role as a corner stone in contemporary politics, and as a platform for the member-states to express their aspirations, complaints and to seek peaceful ways to resolve their differences.

‘The UN gives us the sense that we are not just states seeking our selfish goals, with no considerations of other opinions and needs and sufferings; It gives us the hope that we can and should try to make a better world through peaceful means, understanding and dialogue,’ Araqchi said.

In the ceremony, the Iranian deputy foreign minister also acknowledged the US Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis for his hard work, efforts, dedication and devotion to Iran, and his achievement tenure of office.

The Coordinator, who also served as the head of UNDP in Iran is approaching the end of his five-year term of office.

Prior to Araqchi’s speech, the UN Coordinator said that the main priority of the international body in Iran is to support the implementation of the country’s National Development Plan, in order to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

There are 18 UN agencies, funds and programs working on the ground in Iran. Their work in Iran focuses primarily on te development projects and humanitarian assistance.

Whereas the latter deals primarily with the question of support for Afghan refugees, the former covers a number of current government priorities which include poverty, health, environment, disasters and drug control, according to