Netherlands reiterates support for Iran Deal

Tehran, Jan 17, IRNA - The Netherlands envoy to Tehran in a message underlined support for Iran's nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

'Our position on support for JCPOA remains firm. No change of plan. The EU is working hard on economic track as well, including SPV. Must be aware that others view things differently, so that we realize what we are up against,' Jacques Werner tweeted on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), a European official said on the condition of anonymity that the EU remains committed to implementing the nuclear deal as a matter of respecting international agreements and of our shared international security, and expect Iran to play a constructive role in this regard and to continue implementing all its nuclear commitments in full.

The official said the JCPOA is working and delivering its goal, namely to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

'The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed this in its thirteen consecutive reports, based on a robust verification system, that Iran is implementing its nuclear commitments. There is no credible peaceful alternative to the JCPOA,' the official added.

This is while earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi criticized the European Union for delay in implementation of the SPV following the US exit from Iran nuclear deal, saying that the country deems the EU responsible for not implementing the mechanism.

“The Europeans as the main beneficiary should think about the consequences of the decision, as Iran has so far fulfilled all its commitments under the JCPOA,” he said, noting that Iran’s patience is wearing thin and it is time for the EU to take its strategic decision.

“Dollar dominance as well as interconnection of the EU and the US economies are among the reasons behind SPV delay,' he said, noting that the EU and even the three countries favoring SPV are also captive and hostage of the US economy in JCPOA.

He noted that they should make decision for their independence.

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