0148 GMT July 23, 2018
The European Union (EU) is expected to present its proposed package of initiatives to safeguard Iran’s interests within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the end of June, said the country’s deputy foreign minister.
The JCPOA was signed in July 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 and went into effect in January 2016. Although in May, US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement, other signatories announced their commitment to the deal.
Abbas Araqchi added an unusual condition is now prevailing the JCPOA due to the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the reasons for which are required to be discussed, IRNA reported.
Iran and the rest of the parties to the JCPOA are attempting to preserve the deal, he said, stressing that in case efforts to this end fail, “we would return to the pre-JCPOA era situation”.
The official listed Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and the removal of the sanctions as the two pillars on which the JCPOA has been founded and help maintain the balance of the deal.
He stressed that in case any of these two pillars is destroyed or becomes shaky, the entire deal will become unstable. “We are currently in such a situation as the lifted sanctions will be reimposed following Washington’s pullout.
Araqchi said over the past few weeks, Iran has been, and is still, holding intense negotiations with the EU as well as China and Russia at different levels.
He added three European states as well as the EU have promised to present a package of practical solutions to Iran aimed at safeguarding the country’s interests within the framework of the deal.
“We are waiting and hopeful to receive the package by the end of June.”