Stockholm supports Iran nuclear deal

IRNA – Sweden fully supports the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in line with the stands taken by the European Union on the issue, Ambassador and spokesman for Swedish permanent mission to the United Nations Carl Skau said on Friday.

Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in New York, Skau said the stands of Sweden on the issue are the same as those of its allies in EU and that is supporting the JCPOA.

The European Union foreign policy chief Federico Mogherini said recently that the Iran nuclear deal is based on concrete commitments, verification mechanisms and a very strict monitoring of facts, done by the IAEA.

In response to a question about Netanyahu’s new claims, Mogherini said ‘First of all, it can only be a preliminary reaction, because, obviously, we need to assess the details of the statement Prime Minister [of Israel, Benjamin] Netanyahu has made, look at the documents, and first and foremost get the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]’s assessment, because the IAEA is the only impartial, international organization that is in charge of monitoring Iran’s nuclear commitments.’

In reaction to the ridiculous statements of the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif compared him to a liar shepherd willing to tell lies about Iran’s nuclear energy program.

With the approach of the May 12 deadline set by US President Donald Trump to decide whether or not to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, comments by foreign officials and personalities and international organizations have increased.

In mid January Trump threatened h would leave the deal if it is not amended as he desired. His threats met with harsh reactions from Iranian authorities who said the only option ahead was for the United States to remain committed to its obligations.
Zarif in a recent video message on his Twitter account warned US that it has to accept the responsibility for the consequences if it does not honor its obligations under the nuclear agreement.

The Iranian foreign minister rejected any renegotiation on the country’s nuclear program, arguing that a party that has violated the agreement it has already signed could not be trusted in any future talks.

‘In the deal my country agreed to take certain concrete steps to assuage the concerns of the United States primary. The US in turn committed to remove sanctions and to seize impeding business with Iran. The deal was not a treaty to require signature or ratification by any side, but it became binding on all as it was unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council, Zarif said.

On 11 occasions, the UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran has implemented all its obligations, he added.

In contrast, the US has consistently violated the agreement, especially by bullying others from doing business with Iran. In the last year or so, we’ve been told that President Trump is unhappy with the deal. And it now appears that the response from some Europeans has been to offer the United States more concessions; from our pocket, the Iranian foreign minister tweeted.

‘This appeasement entails promises of a new deal that will include matters that we all decided to exclude at the outset of our negotiation, including Iran’s defensive capabilities and regional influence.

‘But please understand on both issues it is Iran and not the West that has serious grievances and much to demand. We have not attacked anyone in centuries, but we have been invaded. Most recently, by Saddam Hussein, who was then backed by the US and its regional allies. The West even actively prevented us from buying rudimentary means of defense even as Saddam Hussein showered both Iranian civilians and soldiers with chemical weapons,’ Zarif said.

‘Let me make it absolutely clear once and for all: we will neither outsource our security, nor will we renegotiate or add on to a deal we have already implemented in good faith. To put it in real estate terms, when you buy a house and move your family in, or demolish it to build a skyscraper, you cannot come back 2 years later and try to renegotiate the price,’ he said.