MNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry, in response to European Union’s statement on new financial channel to support trade between Iran and Europe, emphasized the constructive interaction based on mutual interests and respect.
The experience of the talks and cooperation between Iran and the European Union over the years, especially over the past three years, has shown that there are many capacities and opportunities for cooperation and development of relations between the two sides, Foreign Ministry statement reads.
Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has serious considerations and criticisms of the EU positions. First of all, as previously announced, we welcome the launch of EU’s trade mechanism which aims to support trade exchanges with Iran, i.e. SPV, but without a doubt the realistic expectation is that this mechanism would be implemented as soon as possible with greater accuracy and speed, and cover other aspects of trade between Iran and European countries, as outlined in the statement issued by the foreign ministers of Iran and the three European countries.
For us, the economic aspects of JCPOA and Iran’s benefit from the deal are important; the fulfillment of obligations by the European signatories to Iran nuclear deal can be a decisive factor in determining our future relations. Linking the implementation of this mechanism, which is their inherent responsibility towards saving the nuclear deal, to joining the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is unacceptable.
The anti-Iran accusations, such as planning terrorist attacks in Europe, were both baseless and surprising from the beginning.
Raising such unjustified allegations and concerns by Europeans against the Islamic Republic, in a situation where the terrorist and criminal groups act freely in Europe, is not constructive, but in line with the objectives of the enemies seeking to sabatage relations between Iran and Europe. The Islamic Republic of Iran, as one of the victims of terrorist attacks and as a country that always had a leading role in the fight against ISIL terrorists, who are threatening to even Europe’s security, expects the European Union to seriously deal with that with a realistic view and far from dual standards.
Iran defense activities
As previously stated, the spirit of Iran’s activities is merely defensive, deterrent and indigenous, and this issue has never been and will never be on the agenda of our negotiations with other countries. We firmly believe that allegations against Iran’s defense program, in current regional situation and given the obvious threats against the national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is neither constructive nor in line with the security of the region and the interests of Europe, itself.
The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly urges European countries to have a realistic look at regional incidents and issues and not be affected by the demands of those opposed to peace, stability and sustainable security of the region and to the development of relations between governments and nations. The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported dialogue, interaction and political solutions to resolve all regional crises.
The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns any instrumental and political use of human rights against independent countries. The performance of the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past four decades indicates the seriousness of our country towards the promotion of human rights and the fulfillment of international obligations through constructive cooperation and dialogue-based mechanisms.
The positive measures taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the United Nations’s human rights requirements and the relevant international authorities, reflect the commitment of our country to the continuation of constructive cooperation.
We hope that with the fulfillment of Europe’s all commitments, we will see the deepening of relations between the two sides in the shortest time.
In a 12-point statement issued on Monday, the European Union welcomed Iran’s continued full and effective implementation of its nuclear-related commitments, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in thirteen consecutive reports, including in its latest quarterly report, issued on 12 November 2018. The bloc reiterated the need for Iran to continue to implement all of its commitments, and to continue to cooperate fully and in a timely manner with the IAEA.
The bloc, which remains part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also expressed unfounded allegations and concerns against Iran’s defensive program, role in the Middle East, as well as security issues.
The statement comes less than a week after the UK, German and France created a mechanism for non-dollar trade between Iran and the bloc, enabling the trade without running afoul of US sanctions on Iran.