Iran can easily return to pre-JCPOA conditions: FM Zarif

Tehran, Nov 5, IRNA – Iran has the power to go back to the conditions that were prevalent before the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zan Monday.

'Negotiation doesn’t mean one can dictate whatever he or she wants and others are obliged to accept them; negotiation is reaching an agreement and an equilibrium according to which you can safeguard your wishes,' said Mohammad-Javad Zarif answering the questions of the parliamentarians.

Zarif said, 'No party can get all they want in a multilateral agreement; when Americans entered the negotiations, they wanted to stop the Iran's nuclear program entirely and close down Fordo [Fuel Enrichment Plant].'

'They tried to shut down Arak Heavy water facility and wanted Iran to conduct research and development only on IR1 centrifuges; they also wanted Iran missile program be a part of the deal.'

Saying that the Americans couldn’t reach these and tens of other demands, Zarif said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran Deal, has been so successful in meeting Iran's interests that the US quit it.

'Look at the news all over the world; you see that the US had to retreat from his claims. They wanted to push down Iran oil export to zero, now they have given 6 more months.'

Zarif also said that the US has been trying to stimulate the world and create a consensus against Iran but failed.

Saying that Iran didn’t trust the US from the very beginning, he said that their quitting the deal implied that they had not gained what they planned.

'The world has accepted the power of Iranian diplomacy.'

He also said that Iran has gained numerous achievements in the past few months, among which are the verdict of the International Court of Justice about sanctions, European Union's decisions to support the JCPOA, and US' failure in the UN Security council where all the other members stood against the US and behind Iran.

Zarif was in Majlis to answer some questions put forth by some parliament members.


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