TEHRAN (defapress)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted US President Donald Trump for seeking to scrap the nuclear agreement known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at the expense of Iran.
News ID: 65556
Publish Date: 12August 2017 - 15:49
"To avoid isolation, Trump is trying to blame it on
Iran,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.
The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that the US
president has always wanted to kill the nuclear deal.
"Bad faith tops US violation of the letter and spirit of the
JCPOA,” the top Iranian diplomat said.
Zarif's remarks came after The US president on Thursday
claimed that Iran was not "living up to the spirit” of the JCPOA and said he
thought it was a "horrible agreement."
"I don't think Iran is in compliance. I don't think they're
living up to the spirit of the agreement,” Trump said in New Jersey.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and
Britain plus Germany) reached the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and began implementing
it in January 2016.
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 endorsed a
resolution that effectively turned the JCPOA into international law.
Trump has been a virulent critic of the JCPOA signed under
his predecessor Barack Obama, calling it "the worst deal ever."
However, the US Senate and Treasury Department have imposed
new sanctions against Iran and several Iranian companies and individuals in
recent months over its national missile program, which is not in breach of the