Iran FM mocks US claims it is violating nuclear deal


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TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s foreign minister mocked US President Donald Trump’s claim Tehran was “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal on Friday, saying Washington was flouting the accord.

“We’ll see if US prepared to live up to letter of #JCPOA (nuclear deal) let alone spirit,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

“So far, it has defied both. Should I use my highlighter again?”

Zarif is almost as avid a user of Twitter as Trump despite it being officially banned in Iran.

A day earlier, he hit back at US claims that the 2015 deal with world powers was a failure by highlighting certain sections and sharing them on Twitter.

He pointed to sections that require US government officials to “make every effort to support the successful implementation of this JCPOA including in their public statements” and to refrain from any policy intended to “adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran”.

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif

Iran says the US continues to frustrate its efforts to rebuild trade ties with the rest of the world through remaining sanctions, and denies any desire to build a nuclear bomb.

Trump has regularly criticised his predecessor for signing the deal, which he described on Thursday as “a bad one, as bad as I’ve ever seen negotiated”.

He has ordered a 90-day review of whether to abandon it — a move that would be strongly opposed by the other signatories to the deal: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

The US admitted this week that Iran has stuck to its side of the bargain, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it would not stop Iran becoming a nuclear-armed state, and Washington officials regularly accuse Iran of fomenting unrest in the Middle East and sponsoring terrorism.


Iran Hits Back at “Worn Out” U.S. Accusations

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TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif on Thursday criticized “worn-out” US accusations that it was seeking a nuclear weapon to threaten the region and the world.

“Worn-out US accusations can’t mask its admission of Iran’s compliance” with a 2015 nuclear deal, Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Iran says its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes but signed a deal with world powers to restrict its fuel enrichment for 10 years in exchange for sanctions relief.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that Tehran has so far met its obligations, but that the deal could only delay Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon.

The deal “fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran,” he said, and was a product of “the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea.”

Zarif said Iran’s compliance had forced the US administration of President Donald Trump “to change course and fulfill its own commitments.”

Trump described the accord as the “worst deal ever negotiated” during his campaign and threatened to tear it up, but analysts say that is increasingly unlikely.

Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said a review would be conducted by US government agencies over the next 90 days on whether to stick by the deal.


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One Response to “Iran FM mocks US claims it is violating nuclear deal”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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