search

Iran slams US for ‘lackluster implementation’ of nuclear deal

On anniversary of accord, Zarif says ‘progress will remain elusive’ so long as Washington places ‘bragging’ and ‘tired slogans’ above action

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the UN atomic watchdog verifies that Iran has met all conditions of the July 2015 nuclear deal, in Vienna, Austria, on January 16, 2016. (AFP/Kevin Lamarque/Pool)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the UN atomic watchdog verifies that Iran has met all conditions of the July 2015 nuclear deal, in Vienna, Austria, on January 16, 2016. (AFP/Kevin Lamarque/Pool)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the United States to choose diplomacy over intimidation and to fulfill its obligations under a year-old nuclear deal with world powers.

“The Iran Deal was a triumph of diplomacy over coercion,” Zarif wrote on Twitter late Thursday, the first anniversary of the July 14, 2015 accord with Washington and five other major powers.

“Same stark choice for US today, and reminder: old methods produce same old failures.

“Progress will remain elusive as long as short-sighted bragging, lackluster implementation of obligations and tired slogans are preferred.

“Mutual respect and fulfillment of JCPOA obligations to ensure promised dividends will open new horizons,” he added, referring to the deal by its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The agreement, which took effect in January, saw Tehran limit its controversial atomic program in return for the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions.

It has faced opposition from ultra-conservatives in Iran and the United States.

Iran has complained that remaining sanctions related to its missile program and support for armed movements like Lebanon’s Hezbollah are locking it out of the international banking system and hampering its ability to make major purchases, such as aircraft.

The sanctions are also hindering foreign investment.

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday that Washington was meeting its commitments under the deal.

But he stressed that the United States would continue to apply sanctions pressure on the country over its alleged support for terror activities and its ballistic missile program.

read more:
comments
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed