09/17/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2023 16:47
The Islamic Republic of Iran considers a decision by the European Union and three European countries not to abide by their commitments, in the eighth year of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), illegal and contrary to their obligations under the JCPOA and Resolution 2231, and a measure that creates tension and is accompanied by malicious intentions.
In response to the illegal withdrawal of the United States from JCPOA and the re-imposition of cruel sanctions, the Islamic Republic of Iran took retaliatory steps in accordance with its rights under Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA. These steps are fully in accordance with the procedures stipulated in the JCPOA.
The decision by the European Union and three European countries not to honor their obligations in response to Iran's nuclear measures is completely devoid of legal logic, because Iran gave the European parties a whole year to compensate for the illegal US action in withdrawing from the JCPOA. After that, it gradually started its retaliatory measures in order to provide the opportunity for compensation to the European parties and keep the window of diplomacy open.
It is not acceptable that the European Union and the three European countries consider this illegal action a reaction to Iran's measures, which were completely legal and were done as a response to the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and the inaction by the European Union and the three European countries.
From a legal point of view, Iran's measures are completely legitimate and the Europeans themselves have acknowledged it.
The actions by the European sides will definitely have adverse effects on the efforts aimed at managing the tension and creating a suitable environment for more cooperation among the parties to the JCPOA.
The criteria for the Islamic Republic of Iran have always been the actions and not mere the words on part of the countries. This action of the European parties is inconsistent with their claim of trying to create the necessary environment to revive the JCPOA.
Undoubtedly the Islamic Republic of Iran, within the framework of its rights under the JCPOA and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, will respond appropriately to the illegal and provocative act that is a clear violation of the obligations of the European Union, France, Germany and England under the JCPOA.
We warn the European parties against any tension-creating measures, which will definitely complicate the management of bilateral relations and will have a negative effect on the process of cooperation, including in negotiations to lift sanctions.