The head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi had shown Iran’s dissatisfaction with European proposals to save the nuclear deal in a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Oslo on Tuesday, IRNA reported.
Salehi said the benefits reaped from the deal in the fields of economy, banking and investment do not already conform to Iran’s expectations, calling on the advocates of the landmark agreement, including the UN and European states, to stand up to US president’s hostile stance and transparently support the international document.
He added that the recent US policies towards Iran and the nuclear deal are destructive and doomed to failure, expressing doubts about the possibility of maintaining the nuclear pact under current conditions given that the proposals put on the table by the Europeans are not sufficient to keep the agreement alive.
Referring to Iran’s important regional role, Salehi said: “If it continues like this, all sides will lose.”
The UN chief noted that Tehran’s political and economic expectations from the European Union are understandable, saying he would call on the remaining parties to seriously respond to Iran’s demands, Press TV reported.
Guterres underlined the need for keeping the deal in place, saying the multinational accord is key to ensuring global security.
The two officials were in the Norwegian capital to attend the 16th edition of the Oslo Forum, which brings together every year international conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers and other peace process actors in informal retreats for discussions on global challenges and experience sharing.
Guterres further stressed that the Iran deal plays a significant role in protecting international peace and the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
Last month, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s pullout from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and vowed to impose “the highest level” of economic bans on Iran, drawing strong criticisms from the remaining parties and the entire world community.
Iran has said it will remain committed to the deal for the time being, pending negotiations with other signatories to the deal to see if Tehran’s interests would still be protected under an accord without the US.
However, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned world powers last week that it was impossible for Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal if it cannot benefit from it after the US withdrawal.
“If Iran cannot benefit from the (nuclear) deal, then it’s practically impossible to stay in the accord,” Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron.
Norway defends JCPOA
Also on Tuesday, Salehi sat down with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo.
Solberg described the deal as an important achievement for the world and emphasized that her country is serious about salvaging the agreement.
Norway, she added, seeks the removal of the existing obstacles to cooperation with Iran.
Salehi appreciated Norway’s support for the agreement. He however, complained that the European countries’ measures to counter the hostile US polices towards the deal are not sufficient.