Iran hopes Joint JCPOA committee would reach common understanding

IRNA – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi who is in Vienna to take part in a meeting of the Joint JCPOA Committee said the developments ahead would not be so easy , hoping that the committee would reach a common understanding of status quo.

During bilateral meetings held so far in Vienna, cases of the JCPOA breaches by the United States were discussed, Araqchi told the Islamic Republic News Agency.

He said he has already met with EU, Russian, French and German delegations and meeting with other delegates is on the agenda.

The Iranian official said he held close consultations during the meetings, adding the stands of some countries were close to that of the Islamic Republic while some others took different stance.

‘The deadline set by Mr. Trump definitely runs counter to the pledges made by the United States because this will create an atmosphere of uncertainty and doubt about what might happen after the deadline expires. This will certainly cause the JCPOA not to be implemented successfully at this juncture and in our view this is clear violation of the agreement,’ he said.

On claims raised by the US administration about removing what it calls the flaws of the deal, Araqchi said ‘Our stance is quite clear and has no room for doubt. It is not possible to reopen or renegotiate the JCPOA. In our view, reaching a complementary agreement or adding an appendix or phrases, as are heard nowadays, is impossible.’

The 11th session of the Joint JCPOA Committee is to be held in Vienna Friday under chairmanship of Helga Schmid, the EU representative and Abbas Araqchi with participation of G5+1 envoys.