Hakan Tekin

Turkish envoy lauds Iran’s stances after US JCPOA withdrawal

Tasnim – After US President Donald Trump declared his country’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran adopted “constructive and moderate” stances, the Turkish ambassador to Tehran said.

“After Trump announced his position, we saw the stances adopted by Iran as constructive, moderate, good, and worthy of praise,” Reza Hakan Tekin said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

This mature way of dealing with the US move perhaps shattered the dreams of some countries that had been hatching plots, he added.

The diplomat further deplored the US move to leave the JCPOA, which he called efficient, as “a wrong decision”.

He added that since the deal’s implementation, Iran has fully met its obligations and reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proves this.

“The unilateral withdrawal of the US from the international treaty, which has contributed to peace and stability in the region and the world, is not a constructive step towards serving global peace,” he stated.

In a speech from the White House on May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties have launched talks to save the accord.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has underlined that any decision to keep the JCPOA running without the US should be conditional on “practical guarantees” from the three European parties to the deal.

In comments on May 23, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that Europeans must protect Iranian oil sales from the US pressure and continue buying Iranian crude, and must promise they would not seek new negotiations on Iran’s missile program and regional activities.

“European banks should safeguard trade with the Islamic Republic. We do not want to start a fight with these three countries (France, Germany and Britain), but based on their past records, we don’t trust them either,” the Leader said.

“Europe should fully guarantee Iran’s oil sales. In case Americans can damage our oil sales…, Europeans should make up for that and buy Iranian oil,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.