Iran's Rouhani urges Europe to avoid 'threats or pressure'

Iran’s Rouhani urges Europe to avoid ‘threats or pressure’

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Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday urged Europe to avoid “threat or pressure” in any negotiations with Tehran because he accepted the Irish Foreign Minister diplomatically to revitalize the landmark nuclear agreement.

Ireland is currently “facilitator” for the United Nations Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six major powers, according to the Irish foreign ministry.

The deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has been hanging by a thread since former US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed punishing sanctions on Tehran.

Following Joe Biden s US presidential election victory in November, the US, the European parties to the deal — France, Germany and Britain — and Tehran have been trying to salvage the accord.

“The best way to solve problems with European partners at various bilateral, regional and international levels, is negotiations based on mutual respect and avoiding any threats or pressure,” Rouhani told Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at Sunday s meeting, according to a statement by the Iranian presidency.

Ireland is not a party to the nuclear agreement, but is currently a member of the UN Security Council.

As “facilitator” for the UNSC resolution enshrining the nuclear deal, Dublin is tasked with keeping other council members briefed with implementation of the deal.

The Iranian president criticised Europe s “inactivity on JCPOA commitments”, and added that Iran is committed to “preserving the JCPOA and is the only party that has paid a price for it.”

“But this situation cannot continue as it is,” Rouhani stressed.

“Preserving and reviving” the deal requires all sides to act on their commitments, he said.

The three European parties to the nuclear deal on Thursday scrapped a draft resolution at the UN s International Atomic Energy Agency that criticised Iran s suspension of some nuclear inspections, a move welcomed by Tehran.

Biden has expressed willingness to resume the transaction, but insisted that Iran first resumed all its nuclear commitments, most of which were suspended in response to US sanctions.

At the same time, Tehran asked Washington to take steps to lift sanctions.

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