Dispute over Warsaw's anti-Iran conference

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA - Deputy foreign minister of Poland Maciej Przemysław Lang has arrived in Tehran to meet with his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araqchi following Tehran's protest to Warsaw for co-hosting an anti-Iranian conference.

Iranian authorities have repeatedly expressed their unhappiness about the plan and protested against the conference, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denouncing it as a 'desperate anti-Iran circus'.

“Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last US anti-Iran show are dead, disgraced, or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever,” Zarif tweeted.

“Polish Govt can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus,' he added.

In a meantime, the Western media believe that the White House, despite sponsoring the anti-Iranian conference in Poland, is seeking to create a gap within the European Union, but the reluctance of the green continent to participate seriously in this summit has raised doubts about the success of the US.

US President Donald Trump's anti-Iranian conference in Poland has been facing cold welcome of world leaders. The plan has been put in place in line with White House's Iranophobic policy.

The summit, due to take place in Warsaw on February 13-14, was announced earlier this month by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Conversely, the US endeavors to exert pressures against Iran is facing a setback after ministers from several European Union members opted out of the summit.

The EU's reluctance to the US plan is a strong blow to the effectiveness of the US Department of State's efforts against Iran.

Recently, a European official said on the condition of anonymity that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini would not attend the anti-Iran meeting in Poland due to her tight schedule.

The EU that has defined the internationally-recognized accord signed in the year 2015 themed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a credit for itself in its foreign policy, now deems the destruction of deal by Trump a great blow to its credibility.

The US officials slammed European countries after they announced they would not back down on diplomacy with Tehran and promised to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports as part of efforts to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

US National Security Adviser John Bolton also mocked Brussels for its lack of detail on the planned mechanism, saying, 'The European Union is strong on rhetoric and weak on follow-through … we do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anybody else.”

The leading US newspaper Wall Street Journal in an article pointed to the lack of presence of a number of European countries in the US-engineered meeting in Warsaw and quoting certain European politicians said the European Union (EU) will not become a part of the upcoming anti-Iranian move.

'A US effort to enlist Europe in its pressure campaign against Iran faced a setback after officials said ministers from several European Union members will likely skip a summit organized by Washington on Iran and the Middle East,' the Wall Street Journal wrote.

'European diplomats said in recent days that France is unlikely to send its foreign minister. Britain and Germany haven't decided who will represent them. Luxembourg’s foreign minister said he would miss the event because of a prior arrangement.'

The bloc is a strong supporter of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and is seeking to help retain economic ties with Tehran despite renewed US sanctions on Iran following President Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear deal.

Analysts also believe that Trump is also seeking to undermine the EU's global position and create a gap in the European countries.

European officials has recently announced that the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be launched in a short time, underlying the EU commitment to implement 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.

So far 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.

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