The commission monitoring the implementation of a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is to convene for a fourth meeting in Vienna.
News ID: 65035
Publish Date: 19July 2016 - 11:27
The Iranian delegation, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas
Araqchi, arrived in the Austrian capital on Tuesday to attend the Joint
Commission meeting, which is to convene later in the day.
The first meeting of the commission was held last October, agreeing to reconvene every three months.
deal between Iran and the world powers, namely Britain, China, France,
Germany, Russia and the United States, envisages Tehran scaling back its
nuclear program in return for the lifting of all nuclear-related
sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
However, months after the
accord went into effect in January, the US and the European Union (EU)
continue to maintain some sanctions on Iran, scaring off companies from
resuming trade with the country.
European banks have balked at the
idea of resuming transaction with Iran, fearing punitive US measures.
US Republicans, meanwhile, are pushing through three anti-Iran bills in
Commenting on the upcoming commission meeting on
Sunday, Araqchi said it would be trying to prevent any potential
problems from turning into "critical obstacles” in the way of the
implementation of the deal, which is officially known as the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"There are numerous
instances of insufficient progress in the removal of the sanctions. It
was up to the opposite side to bring about some circumstances, but it
did not,” he complained.
He acknowledged that major banks have not
resumed transactions with the Islamic Republic, attributing this to the
atmosphere surrounding the agreement.
The Americans "did not
create the requisite circumstances needed for the removal of the
sanctions… In some places, they even created a destructive atmosphere,”
On Monday, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also
said that, "If the sanctions are not supposed to be lifted and banking
transactions to take place, there would remain no reason [to continue
with] this agreement.”
"Iran has lived up to all its commitments
in the nuclear agreement, from the reduction of centrifuges to
decreasing of heavy water and enriched materials. But there has been
reneging on promises by the other side, especially the US,” he said.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali
Shamkhani said the Islamic Republic is keeping a close eye on the US
"bullying, illogicality, and disloyalty” under the JCPOA.
said Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had
raised the alarm as to the opposite side’s potential backtracking on
its promises at the start of the negotiations.