Ideas for preserving JCPOA exchanged in Rouhani’s Japan trip: Iran spokesman

Tasnim – The spokesperson for Iran’s administration said a series of new plans have been proposed during President Hassan Rouhani’s landmark visit to Japan to settle the disagreements over the 2015 nuclear deal and save the international accord.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Ali Rabiee highlighted the ongoing political efforts to resolve the disputes over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) when asked about reports of failure of a French plan for salvaging the nuclear deal.

Rabiee said Iran was offered a number of plans during Rouhani’s recent visit to Tokyo and put forward its own plans as well.

“A number of those plans have been dismissed. There have also been initiatives developed by France,” he added.

“The inflexibility of the Americans and our stances on (the need for) lifting sanctions have prevented some of the plans from bearing fruit, but an exchange of plans took place during the (presidential) visit (to Japan),” the spokesperson said.

Iran does not deserve sanctions, Rabiee stressed, adding that the Islamic Republic will rely on its internal capabilities and use the diplomatic capacities to drive off the US.

Iran does not expect that Europeans will scrap the JCPOA, the spokesman said, stressing that Tehran’s friends, the Eastern parties, and the Europeans are willing to save the accord.

“The three European countries (signatories to the JCPOA) are aware that Iran’s steps to reduce the nuclear commitments will be reversible in case they honor their commitments,” he went on to say.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA.

Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.

The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.