Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) of Iran Ali Shamkhani has asked the EU to confront with what he called Washington’s “obstruction” of nuclear deal implementation.
In a meeting with the visiting EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on April 16, Shamkhani underlined that the Europe Union played a pivot role in concluding the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka nuclear deal), Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported.
Shamkhani further said that the achievement needs to be protected and implemented via continues cooperation of the EU.
He argued that the US is seeking to continue its sanctions policy against Iran and is troubling the implementation of the JCPOA, referring to Washington’s approach as “undesirable and unconstructive”.
Shamkhani further said that if the EU fails to adopt effective action against the US approach, the United States’ present course of action will entail negative repercussions for continued cooperation and implementation of mutual commitments under the nuclear deal.
Earlier the same day, Iran’s Foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, underlined that the other parties, in particular the US, should in practice fulfill their obligations under the nuclear deal.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Mogherini, Zarif said Washington should do more to remove obstacles to Iran’s banking system.
Earlier, Valiollah Seif, the head of Iran’s central bank, accused the US and the EU of failing to honor the JCPOA by keeping Iran locked out of the international financial system.
“In general, we are not able to use our frozen funds abroad,” Seif said Apr. 15 at the Council on Foreign Relations in the US.
Mogherini arrived in Tehran, Iran, Apr. 16 on a one-day visit heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation comprised of seven European commissioners.