Iran’s top security official has said that the United States and its European allies have failed to live up to their commitments under the 2015 Iran deal and left the deal an empty promise for Iran.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said the agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has become an “empty shell” for Iran given its inability to keep sanctions away from the country.
“The US and Europe have failed the test of fulfilling their commitments in the JCPOA. Now, the JCPOA has turned into an empty shell for Iran in the economic and sanctions removal areas.” Shamkhani said.
He added that Iran will not engage in any negotiations with “oath-breaker America” and “idle Europe.”
Washington left the JCPOA in 2018 and began to implement what it called the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, depriving the country of the economic benefits of the accord, including the removal of sanctions, for which Iran had agreed to certain caps on its nuclear activities.
In the meantime, the other parties to the deal, in particular France, Britain and Germany, only paid lip service to safeguarding Iran’s economic dividends as promised under the JCPOA, prompting Iran – after an entire year of “strategic patience” – to reduce its nuclear obligations in a legal move under the deal.
The Vienna talks began last April on the assumption that the US, under the Biden administration, is willing to repeal the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure policy.
Source: Iranian media (edited by Al-Manar English Website)