Trump blaming Iran on JCPOA to avoid isolation: Iran's Zarif

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Unlike President Hassan Rouhani who earlier described talks of renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal as "meaningless", an Iranian politician believes that fresh talks would protect the interests of both, Tehran and the world powers.

The US president has always wanted to "kill" the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Zarif said on his official Twitter account on Friday.

"To avoid isolation, he's trying to blame it on Iran".

He further touched upon the recent remarks by the US President Donald Trump accusing Iran of failing to live up to the spirit of the nuclear deal and said the US president is seeking to get more privileges out of the deal.

"I don't think Iran is in compliance", Trump told reporters at his private New Jersey golf club. "I don't think they're living up to the spirit of the agreement", Trump said.

Under the agreement, limits were put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic.

The UN Security Council later unanimously approved a resolution that effectively turned JCPOA into worldwide law.

Trump before taking office in January, had called the July 2015 agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated", threatening to either scrap the accord or seek a better deal.

Lavrov's remarks come as the Iranian Parliament is set to vote on a motion that incorporates a host of retaliatory measures in the face of USA "acts of terror" and "adventurism" in the region.

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