Iran, powerful than ever: Media say on JCPOA anniversary

Tehran, July 16, IRNA – World media in their reports on the anniversary of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA), said that Iran is more powerful than ever after implementation of the deal.

As one of the major multilateral diplomatic achievements acclaimed by different sides, two years passes of the world's approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Being the fruit of a series of difficult and lengthy negotiations between Iran, world’s major powers and the European Union (P5+1+EU) over Tehran’s nuclear activities, the JCPOA was finally signed by all sides on July 14, 2015 in Vienna.

During the past two years and within the period of the historic deal implementation, the JCPOA has been facing some ups and downs mostly by one the sides of the deal which happens to be the US making up excuses and trying to put the deal under question.

Continuing its principled policy to build confidence, Iran has implemented the JCPOA precisely throughout the past 24 months and this can be proved by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) several reports approving the full implementation of the JCPOA contents by Tehran.

In the Meantime, the European Union has always stressed the full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides including the US.

**Israel lobby expresses disappointment

Israel lobby in the US dubbed as AIPAC wrote in an anti-Iranian report that since implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has only become more emboldened.

It referred to Iran’s ballistic missile tests, bolstering of support for Syrian legitimate government and challenging America’s presence in the Persian Gulf, noting that Islamic Republic has escalated threatening rhetoric against America and Israel after the nuclear deal.

** The US, Europe on a collision course over Iran

US-based Washington Post said also in a report that when the French energy giant Total signed a landmark gas deal with Iran this month, the company’s chief executive lauded the nearly $5 billion investment as a trailblazing initiative for peace.

The newspaper noted that it is Iran’s first major energy contract with a European firm since the nuclear deal and added that Pouyanné’s remarks reflect a broader vision among European leaders for improving ties with Iran, in part by encouraging firms such as Total to invest now that major sanctions are gone.

“But his comments also highlight the growing rift between the United States and Europe over how to engage with Iran, which the Trump administration has identified as a global menace and singled out for sanctions and isolation,” Washington Post said.

It added that since Donald Trump took office, Europe and the United States have pursued increasingly different courses on Iran, casting doubt over the future of the nuclear accord, which limits Iranian nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief and other trade.

For Europe, the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 has facilitated relations with a key player in the Middle East, while opening a vast consumer and energy market to European companies, the US daily noted.

It said, “Many European banks and firms have been reluctant to jump in, but French, German and Italian companies have also invested in everything from renewable energy to luxury hotels and auto manufacturing. On Thursday, the French company that makes Peugeot and Citroen cars said its sales nearly tripled in the Middle East and Africa in the first half of the year because of new production in Iran.”

“The Europeans are returning, the Chinese are returning, the Russians, Ukrainians — it’s all over the place,” said Fabien Dany, a Tehran-based consultant who advises companies on the Iranian market. “There are very big companies with appetites for investment” in Iran, he said. “And they’re going through with it.”

Washington Post pointed also to the re-certification of the nuclear deal in every 90 days and said, 'On Monday, the US administration plans to certify it again. Officials have said the policy review of Iran nuclear deal should be completed before the next certification is due in October.

“There is a clear division between where the Europeans are going and where the Americans are going on Iran,” said Ellie Geranmayeh, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “The Europeans have embarked on a path of rapprochement. The US is looking at a policy of isolationism and containment.”

The optics of Total’s $4.8 billion investment, which analysts say has the backing of the French government, “were seen as, ‘We’re going ahead despite all the uncertainties of the US administration,’ ” Geranmayeh said. “The Europeans are messaging: ‘Our foreign policy on Iran now is different to yours in Washington. We’re not just going to automatically follow suit.’ ”